Title: Tai Chi Chuan – Body and Mind in Harmony
Author: Sophia Delza
Year of Publication: 1961
Publisher: The Good News Publishing Company
Length: 192 Pages & 44,585 Words
Status: Public Domain in the United States and countries following the rule of the shorter term.
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PART I: The Tai Chi Chan Way
What Tai Chi Ch’üan Is
Characteristics of the Way of Movement
Harmony of Body and Mind
Two Intrinsic Principles: Softness and Circular Movement
Five Essential Qualities
PART II: Fundamentals
Principles to Be Observed
PART III: Preliminaries
Suggestions for Study
PART IV: The Practice of Tai Chi Ch’üan
APPENDIX: Historical Background: A Consistent Heritage
Excerpts from Ming Dynasty Documents
Extract of book:
“What is past one cannot amend,
For the future one can always
—From the Analects of Confucius
Is there anyone in the world whose idea of being truly healthy would not include, along with a healthy body, a fine mind combined with an ease of disposition? Fleeting glimpses of this feeling of harmony are experienced by everyone at some time in his life. In our colloquialisms we see revealed the inner clear relationship of mind and body. ”I feel as if I were floating” is a common expression to describe a peak of contentment of physical comfort. Well-being produces a sensation of lightness where the body is sensed but not felt. “I’m simply walking on air” is an image that almost obliterates the body and makes the spirit seem all powerful.
What an agony of indecision and what physical immobility are exposed in “I’m all tied up in knots.” “My heart stood still” expresses an anxiety that almost strangles the circulation. Composure and mental equilibrium can hardly be sustained in a weak and unhealthy system where discomfort dominates the consciousness.
The effect of body on mind and mind on body is in evidence at every turn of our lives every day. The realization of this fact is a step toward making an effort to find a technique that can “nourish the body and calm the spirit”—a technique that, as an exercise, can give action to thought, and, as a philosophy, can give thought to action, and which as a composite art is so synthesized as to make the whole greater than the sum of its intriguing parts.
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