Feeling Grateful

I’d thought about joining the chanting on Saturdays for a couple of weeks, but hadn’t quite plucked up the courage. I’m very much a ‘beginner’, at the start of my Tai Chi journey, and lacking confidence, but joining with others, doing something I’d never done before was tempting.

So, this week, I thought I’d give it a go. And I’m so glad I did.

Joining with so many others across the world with one aim, I felt connected. I felt quite overwhelmed at one point, and emotional, but connected. Chanting with one voice and with so many. It was powerful.

And equally as powerful were the words spoken, both before and after the chanting: the explanation of the ceremony; the lighting of the incense; the bowing, I could relate to it all.

And afterwards… the shared stories, the shared emotions and experiences. I was moved, and blinking hard by the close of the meeting. And feeling grateful.

Tai Chi ‘Colouring’

“Having practised Taoist Tai Chi® for 13 years, I always found myself feeling restricted in an “Arts” sense. I considered myself following instructions well and achieved what was introduced and taught, but at times felt as if I was tracing coloring books with restricted colour scheme. Since the Staying Home practices started in March, my mind and body changed completely. I felt the sense of Stillness in my body and quietness in my mind, but FREE in spirit. I created my “paintings” my way with learned Taoist principles as guidelines. This is the First time I truly understand to Let go with what I had, then I can be Myself. The Saturday chantings are an added Sweet taste to the experience, I am still trying to “absorb” more of the deeper feeling.

Thank you to ALL the instructors I have met during these years at FLK, for ALL the instructions you ALL have given me, but most of ALL: Thank you for your Patience with me. I am deeply appreciative.”

Deep Appreciation

“I want to share my deep appreciation for the Saturday morning chanting and discussion Zoom sessions. The opportunity to participate in chanting is wonderful both for the physical benefits – relaxing my back, expanding my breathing, the calming effect – but also to gain confidence while practicing unheard for when we come back together.

I have found it challenging to make the time to practice Tai Chi at home and find that the Saturday sessions inspire me each week to practice. Thank you. Hearing Sandra speak was a great reminder of the effort some folks are making to join – late Saturday night in Australia.

Thank you to the organization’s leaders, to all the backend/administrative folks, and to the participants worldwide.”

expression of gratitude

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all that the Senior Leadership of FLK Taoist Tai Chi® are doing to assist with our individual journeys to a deeper level of Taoist Tai Chi practice.

I am so grateful to you all for all the work you continue to do; for the chanting that has such a beneficial vibrational resonance and for the wonderful and enlightening discussions following. It has all contributed to our success in weathering this continuing pandemic storm we are all experiencing.

As a retired Critical Care Nurse, I am so grateful for your wise and responsible decision to forgo any in person gatherings of FLK Taoist Tai Chi® for the foreseeable future. Our weekly gatherings along with our own practice will sustain us. In the end we will come out of this stronger, more centered and more aware that it is us as individuals who can grow our personal depth of the body, mind spirit connection.”

I feel Enlivened

“I just wanted to say thank you for all the teachings and all of the encouragement from the directors. It is so important now.  It is heartwarming to hear.  Sometimes, I think about what has been said during the course of the week, and I feel enlivened. Thank you so much for the opportunity to get together and chant and gain wisdom from the teachings!!”

Sincere Gratitude

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all that the Senior Leadership of FLK Taoist Tai Chi® are doing to assist with our individual journeys to a deeper level of Taoist Tai Chi® practice.

I would like to express my gratitude for the Zoom gatherings for the past few months.

I appreciate the feeling of connection to the larger global community of Taoist Tai Chi® people.  The vibrations of our chanting has a positive influence on the well-being of humanity.

Thank you for passing on to us some of Master Moy’s teachings which are universal across all religions and they touched my heart deeply.”

Lighter and more Confident

“Like many others I am immensely enjoying this time to practice on my own and to chant and listen to the talks on Saturday. 

This has been a very trying semester… and I was finding myself becoming anxious trying to meet everyone’s expectations and worrying over what would happen if I couldn’t.

(However), comments about sensing people and situations led me to take a step back and really try to see the situation for what it was, without my filters… The quote from Chuang-tzu about listening with your heart helped me get out of my head and to really listen…to act from my heart and to trust myself and the rightness of my intentions.

 As a result, I feel lighter, more confident, less worried, physically and emotionally stronger. My thinking is clearer and more free. I cannot find the words to fully express the changes I have experienced or my gratitude.”

Barrie thanks board

The Barrie location would like to thank the Board of Directors for all the hard work and caring over the last year. It has been inspiring to watch the leadership that you have given us through this unique time. We are definitely going to come out of this stronger having followed your example and directions. It has showed us how strong our foundation is as we weather the storm that has devastated so many other organizations. We believe, with greater understanding that we have received on Saturday mornings, that we are ready for 2021, stronger and more committed, and that we are growing in all the Taoist arts that you are so generous in teaching. Thank you again.