Every day—every moment of our lives—we constantly practice “mind Taiji” as we make decisions. What kind of clothes will I wear? Should I stay or should I go? Is this food or activity good or bad for me?

Choice itself is Taiji: whatever you chose is yang; whatever you don’t choose is yin. We constantly make comparisons and place things into categories—yes or no, good or bad, right or wrong.

But although we practice “mind Taiji” often, we can’t achieve total balance if we are stuck in our minds. Taiji follows the way of the Tao, which connects to Oneness of body, mind and spirit. And further, Oneness and harmony between oneself and everyone/thing around you, including Nature itself.

With continued Taiji practice, you will see that the superficial categories we create don’t actually exist in reality. There are no such things as good, bad, right or wrong. They’re just things. We add our human judgement to make sense of the world around us. But in making sense, we get stuck in thinking instead of just being. When you apply the harmony and balance of Taiji long enough, all judgment fades away. When you let go of judgment, you are able to let go of the mind and discover Oneness. Then you have achieved balance and harmony.

 

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