I-chi - Tai Chi As a Spiritual Practice The First Step
Tai Chi is the art of learning to move and act from within one's self. The first step is often the hardest and the most important. Can you imagine what it must have been like to take your first step as a young child? It was necessary to let go of fear. It was necessary to trust, to have faith in something unseen, to believe in yourself. It was necessary to give up the familiar security of sitting right where you are. What would cause a young child to give up what is familiar, secure, and safe, and try to take a step? What different awareness motivates that act? What different sense of self is there in taking that first step? What do we hold on to, and what do we let go of? These are the same questions that need to be answered by a student of Tai Chi.