05 November 2016
In T'ai Chi - make every movement count. After one has learned and can practice the outward forms, do not rest here. There's no need for extraneous gesture. Remove what is not needed and what remains is the essential.
If one practices this wholeheartedly in life, not just in T'ai Chi, until every aspect resonates in concert, one achieves a kind of radical coherence. (Thanks to Jan Zwicky in Dark Mountain Poetics for this term.)
In the few outstanding beings I have met so far, from several walks of life, and some arboreal rather than human, this is the quality that unites them. Their life chimes as a chord. The chord may be rich with dissonance or direct and simple like a major triad. Every detail counts. This is not an anxious endeavour, it's Tao.