Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tai Chi Chuan Creativity

"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
- C. S. Lewis

"“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
- Albert Einstein

Just the act of doing Taijiquan, Qigong and/or Yoga in America puts you on the creative edge of mind-body fitness. You are in the avant-garde of the internal martial arts. Hold your head high, practice diligently, spread the practices, be open-minded, and cultivate enlightenment amongst others. You are helping to create the foundations for a new mind-body arts Renaissance in America. You are very creative!!


  1. Mike, I'm grateful to have found this resource you've created and I really like these quotes from C.S. Lewis and Einstein.

    The C.S. Lewis quote reminds me of an early taijiquan lesson in which I asked my teacher to explain too many details. My natural tendency leads me to overthink or overanalyze ...

    "Do the form," he said a little sternly. "The details will come."

    They do.

    Thanks for the reminders and the inspiration.

  2. Jeff,

    Your welcome! Thanks!

    Here is another Einstein quote:

    "My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."
    - Albert Einstein

    Does a person become a "superior spirit", revealing a new self to the ordinary self, when the rich and wonderful details are perceived in practice? Or, is the Boundless Other, the Superior Spirit revealed as "himself" (Brahman, Goddess, God, Quan Yin ... however personified) as we practice wholheartedly. To be safe, the Zen man says "Yes, No, Both, None Whatsoever."

    Have a great winter.