Tai Chi for Health Community

"Dancer Warrior"

  Dahlis RoyBy Dahlis Roy

  (Originally published in the Winter 2013 issue of the TCHC newsletter.)

By Dahlis Roy

As I was learning tai chi years ago, one night words circled into my dreams. I pulled myself up and went sleepily into my art room. There I scribbled four pages of penciled notes and left them on my keyboard. In the morning I felt like a Zen artist tracing over invisible lines. Like music born of wind and clouds, from deafening silence and peace, I typed hastily:

Dancer Warrior

Lightness and Power Combine

Flow, pause, circle, turn: slow motion

Elegance and Grace

Stance

Can You?

Carry Tiger to Mountain

Wave Hands Like Clouds

Sweep Lotus with Foot?

Zen: Timeless in Time

Creeping Catlike

THEN! Explosive Power

Experience:

White Crane Spreading Wings

WATCH: dance/attack

Yin/Yang wings circle: planets in the universe

Timeless

Writing is a therapeutic journey, one word at a time. Shared words, like shared tai chi practice, bring joy, peace, healing, and pride of accomplishment. Tai chi sparks creativity and intuition. Have fun with your writing adventures! Tai chi enters the entire arena of my life!

Dahlis practices tai chi and writes from southwest Michigan.

 

As I was learning tai chi years ago, one night words circled into my dreams. I pulled myself up and went sleepily into my art room. There I scribbled four pages of penciled notes and left them on my keyboard. In the morning I felt like a Zen artist tracing over invisible lines. Like music born of wind and clouds, from deafening silence and peace, I typed hastily:


Lightness and Power Combine

Flow, pause, circle, turn: slow motion

Elegance and Grace

Stance

Can You?

Carry Tiger to Mountain

Wave Hands Like Clouds

Sweep Lotus with Foot?

Zen: Timeless in Time

Creeping Catlike

THEN! Explosive Power

Experience:

White Crane Spreading Wings

WATCH: dance/attack

Yin/Yang wings circle: planets in the universe

Timeless


Writing is a therapeutic journey, one word at a time. Shared words, like shared tai chi practice, bring joy, peace, healing, and pride of accomplishment. Tai chi sparks creativity and intuition. Have fun with your writing adventures! Tai chi enters the entire arena of my life!


Dahlis practices tai chi and writes from southwest Michigan.


Hall of Happiness
By Anne Plyler

I always include poetry related to Tai Chi in our classes. One of my favorite poems, “Hall of Happiness” was written by Chen Man-ch’ing (29 July 1902 - 26 March 1975) and posted in his NYC Tai Chi Studio in 1973. This has a special significance for folks in Asheville as his son, Patrick, owned and operated a wonderful Chinese Restaurant here for years, The China Palace.

It was in this restaurant that health care professionals and martial artists collaborated in early 1999 with Dr. Tingsen Xu, the grandmaster who led the successful FICSIT trial at Emory University. This trial brought Tai Chi for fall prevention to the attention of the medical community. This brainstorming focused on how to increase Tai Chi’s presence in Asheville, NC. Out of this event, the first Tai Chi for Seniors program at our local hospital evolved. Here’s one translation of the poem:

May the joy that is everlasting gather in this hall. Not the joy of a sumptuous feast, which slips away even as we leave the table; nor that which music brings - it is only of a limited duration. Beauty and a pretty face are like flowers; they bloom for a while, then die. Even our youth slips swiftly away and is gone.

No, enduring happiness is not in these... We may as well forget them, for the joy I mean is worlds away from these. It is the joy of continuous growth, of helping to develop in yourselves and in others, the talents and abilities with which we were born - the gifts of heaven to mortal men. It is to revive the exhausted and to rejuvenate that which is in decline, so that we are enabled to dispel sickness and suffering.

Let true affection and happy concourse abide in this hall. Let us here correct our past mistakes and lose preoccupation with self. With the constancy of the planets in their courses or of the dragon in his cloud wrapped path, let us enter the land of health and ever after walk within its bounds.

Let us fortify ourselves against weakness and learn to be self-reliant, without ever a moment's lapse. Then our resolution will become the very air we breathe, the world we live in; then we will be as happy as a fish in crystal waters. This is the joy which lasts, that we can carry with us to the end of our days. And tell me if you can; what greater happiness can life bestow?”

Anne is a teacher from Asheville, North Carolina.
www.wnctaichiarthritis.com

 

Hall of Happiness
By Anne Plyler

I always include poetry related to Tai Chi in our classes. One of my favorite poems, “Hall of Happiness” was written by Chen Man-ch’ing (29 July 1902 - 26 March 1975) and posted in his NYC Tai Chi Studio in 1973. This has a special significance for folks in Asheville as his son, Patrick, owned and operated a wonderful Chinese Restaurant here for years, The China Palace.

It was in this restaurant that health care professionals and martial artists collaborated in early 1999 with Dr. Tingsen Xu, the grandmaster who led the successful FICSIT trial at Emory University. This trial brought Tai Chi for fall prevention to the attention of the medical community. This brainstorming focused on how to increase Tai Chi’s presence in Asheville, NC. Out of this event, the first Tai Chi for Seniors program at our local hospital evolved. Here’s one translation of the poem:

May the joy that is everlasting gather in this hall. Not the joy of a sumptuous feast, which slips away even as we leave the table; nor that which music brings - it is only of a limited duration. Beauty and a pretty face are like flowers; they bloom for a while, then die. Even our youth slips swiftly away and is gone.

No, enduring happiness is not in these... We may as well forget them, for the joy I mean is worlds away from these. It is the joy of continuous growth, of helping to develop in yourselves and in others, the talents and abilities with which we were born - the gifts of heaven to mortal men. It is to revive the exhausted and to rejuvenate that which is in decline, so that we are enabled to dispel sickness and suffering.

Let true affection and happy concourse abide in this hall. Let us here correct our past mistakes and lose preoccupation with self. With the constancy of the planets in their courses or of the dragon in his cloud wrapped path, let us enter the land of health and ever after walk within its bounds.

Let us fortify ourselves against weakness and learn to be self-reliant, without ever a moment's lapse. Then our resolution will become the very air we breathe, the world we live in; then we will be as happy as a fish in crystal waters. This is the joy which lasts, that we can carry with us to the end of our days. And tell me if you can; what greater happiness can life bestow?”

Anne is a teacher from Asheville, North Carolina.
www.wnctaichiarthritis.com

 

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