Instant Meditation? What Does That Even Mean?

I’ve gotten  some pushback lately about my use of the term “Instant Meditation.” It was felt that calling it “instant” trivializes the long hours that experienced meditators spend in their own practice, as if all the same results could be gotten in an instant. This surprised me. I hadn’t considered that it could be read that way. Did I need to call it something else, or just do a better job of clarifying what I meant? What I was trying to say with “Instant Meditation” was that substantially increasing energetic coherence has the effect of clearing the mind and calming… Read More

21st Annual Tai Chi Alchemy. Part 2

What an incredible weekend! We soared so high, it has taken me a couple of weeks to come down enough to write about it. So much of the really important stuff that happens at TCA is too insubstantial to put into words. Things like that blaze of light when a total stranger gives you a hug that melts you to the core of your being…or when you realize that qi is not just something that you read in a book, but is something you can feel and use…or when you find in yourself that person that you always hoped you… Read More

Three Things We Learned in Class

1. It’s Winter! (At least for those of us north of the Equator.) Yup! January here. And that means we’re in the most yin part of the year. This is the time to lay the foundation for the rest of the year by cultivating the Water Element. Kidney qi. Restore your pre-natal qi. That means your qigong is really, really slow and quiet. Here’s a Water Meditation from Fukui Yang (courtesy of Rabbi Andrew Hahn) that demonstrates the ultra-soft attitude of the season.   You can still hit the gym in winter. Or ski. Or chop wood. External (muscular) exercise… Read More

New! Finding You in a World of It by Rick Barrett

This is really exciting, people! You know that book I’ve been working on for a couple of years now?  Well…it’s is out and available on Amazon! I’ll get my first load of the little darlings by next weekend (Just in time for the sold out Dr. Renee Rhodes’ Forest Summit in Killingworth, CT next Saturday). If you want an autographed copy, you can order directly from me at info@rickbarrett.net ($20 includes postage.) Or get one on Amazon and I’ll sign it when next I see you.   finding You in a world of It is big. It breaks down the… Read More

Moving as One

Whenever one moves, the entire body must be light and lively, and must above all be connected throughout.  Taijiquan Jing (attributed to Zhang San Fang, translated by Barbara Davis) One of the most important elements of taijiquan is that the whole body must “move as one.” Hidden within this simple directive lies a paradox: the more we think about doing just that, the less likely it will happen. Let me be clear about what I’m saying because it can save you a lot of grief. Good gongfu in anything requires enough familiarity with the actions of the practice (in this… Read More