― Mirabai Starr
“The secret essence of the soul that knows the truth is calling out to God: Beloved… strip me of the consolations of my complacent spirituality. Plunge me into the darkness where I cannot rely on any of my old tricks for maintaining my separation. Let me give up on trying to convince myself that my own spiritual deeds are bound to be pleasing to you. Take all my juicy spiritual feelings, Beloved, and dry them up, and then please light them on fire. Take my lofty spiritual concepts and plunge them into darkness, and then burn them. Let me only love you, Beloved. Let me quietly and with unutterable simplicity just love you.”
― Mirabai Starr
Taijiquan is an advanced martial art which increases the practitioner’s health through a combination of breathing exercises and internal energy practices or QiGong. Taijiquan Shadow Boxing is not only a superior fighting method but also promotes good health and longevity. For these reasons, Taijiquan is respected throughout the world. It is also becoming popular as a competitive sport in many countries outside of China.
Chen style Taijiquan is an ancient form of martial arts with a history of several hundred years. It is characterized by its spiral like twisting and turning of the body while simultaneously extending and contracting the limbs. A Taijiquan practitioner can strike with any part of his body which has come into contact with his opponent. Furthermore, once a Taijiquan practitioner begins to move he is on the path of a circle. We can say that every movement is a Taiji circle.
In following the Taijiquan path, we must combine study, practice and usage or applications into one. To practice well one must understand Taijiquan theory. Without a real understanding of Taijiquan theory, one cannot practice well.
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Kung Fu: "The construction and development of one's energy over time, through daily effort, such that in the end one obtains mature power and the spiritual development of a Master."
From The Magus of Java: Teachings of an Authentic Taoist Immortal by Kosta Danaos
Rodney J Owen