Dao and Self-Development
This 11 page article is based on a number of talks and writings given to
students who have have typically been studying T'ai Chi for about
eighteen months, have completed the short form, and have begun the
process of coordinating and softening the body and developing a degree
of 'internal awareness'.
At this stage, many students are curious
about where the path of t’ai chi might take them. Do they really wish
to spend more time continuing to study? Or might their time be a better
spent doing something else.
Hence this article. It aims to
highlight those areas of personal development which might be anticipated
with further study of t’ai chi.
It sketches out how the path
stretches out before us: specifically, how we practise, why we practise
in a particular way at particular stages of our progress, common
barriers to progress and ultimately where the practice could lead.