Ditching Evaluation

What if- just for a little while today we gave up all that constant evaluation of everything, most of all, our own sweet selves.

Evaluation, while it does have an eventual place under certain conditions, is generally just a form of death in which we give up our choice.

Because if we decide ahead of time whether something is either “good, bad, friendly or mean,” we eliminated all choice and are basically saying I’m not actually here and have no reason to be because I already “know” how it’s going to turn out. And we write off others in their truth and so much possibility!

But part of the juice and excitement in life IS making choices as we step moment by moment into the beautiful wild uncertainty of life.


7 Days: B&W No People No Explanation 

Time Magazine says, “Tai Chi is the Perfect Exercise”

Check out this terrific article from Time Magazine and share it with your friends who may be curious about what all this tai chi business is.


Here is the link to the article.

I’ll just add that the article closes with saying that younger folks might need a greater aerobic challenge than tai chi presents. Maybe. Everyone is different but there are many forms of tai chi some of which move at a pretty good clip. Even the Yang 24-form which is normally done fairly slowly, can be done fast to increase the aerobic potential. And, I can tell you doing the form over and over, nice and slow gets my heart rate up to 135 easily.

As well, for advanced students, as you move through the form slowly, chewing on the fine details and uncovering the buried treasure for mind and body, one of the things you find is the forms natural centrifugal tendencies. This allows you to develop and make the most of those on many levels.

Let me know what you think. Come on in and try it out. Got nothing to lose but your stress!

Shi Ba Shi: Yang Tai chi qigong 18-form

This is the first of a series of videos I’ll be posting to support teaching at Calm Chicago. Each short clip features one posture from the 18-form qigong which are terrific mind/body exercises. They are great for preparing the body and mind for further study in tai chi if you wish but are also good on their own for general health of the body and to help support single pointed focus of the mind required for deepening meditation practice.

from yang tai chi shi ba shi qigong first posture

I present these videos of tai chi and so forth as part of my own practice, with all humility. I hope they help support your practice. Please let me know. I look forward to your feedback.

peace everyone,


New Qigong Video Coming Soon

Since it came up via Working Well Resources excellent blog, and since it’s clearly still the icky cold freezey season in Chicago as well as many other places – I thought it a good time to put together a little video about a blindingly simple but deeply profound qigong exercise that can with practice and determination lead us collectively into a life of virtually no more falls on ice. I make no promises on instant results but slowly, over time you will evolve into a more balanced person, physically, mentally and emotionally. And that, is what can make all the difference because of mind/body exercises.


Vincent practices Bear Hugs the Tree during class at Calm Chicago - Awesome for balance in mind & body

So, stay tuned, because it’s sliding your way soon from Calm Chicago! We’ll post it on our You Tube Channel. Come join us to learn for yourself. This is  one of the great exercises we’ll be doing as part of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, Saturday April 30th.


Till then, wishing everyone balance and peace,



Spring 2011 Class Schedule

Class Schedule

Beginner classes:

Qigong / Meditation
Saturday 3:30-4:30pm

Tai Chi / Meditation
Sunday 10-11 a.m.

Beginner classes offer a gentle introduction to 18-form qigong, Yang 24 form taiji and meditation.

Ongoing classes:

Qigong / Meditation
Saturday 4:30-5:30

Tai Chi / Meditation
Sunday 11 – noon

Advanced students are encouraged to attend beginner classes. Their study continues Sundays with advanced taiji, qigong and meditation training.

Learn more about our course offerings.

Sunrise Classes

Tai Chi / Qigong:

in Ping Tom Park (weather permitting) otherwise we meet in the center on Lumber St.

Wednesday and Friday 7 a.m.

30 minutes  – $15

all levels welcome

No special clothing required, just sneakers. Go straight to work from class!


Drop-In Tuition: Want to try a class out? Students may pay drop-in tuition $20 for any open class.


Follow Up: Meditation Changes Your Brain Structure

Meditation Changes the Brain Structure for the Better!