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T’ai Chi for Couch Potatos: Getting the T’ai Chi Experience in Front of a Television Screen

Ah, the perfect escape, when you feel relaxed and worry free. Everything is so soft and soothing as you gently forget your problems of the day and just settle into a carefree state of mind. You can simply accept everything that forms on the blank canvas before you and rest.

Another example of the T’ai Chi experience? Well, not really.

In this case, I’m describing what it feels like to watch Bob Ross painting his creations during his television shows The Joy of Painting and Beauty is Everywhere.

The long running Joy of Painting which was shown on PBS from 1983 to 1994 is now available on Youtube.com, while his second series, Beauty is Everywhere filmed in 1991 is now available at Netflix.com. (Bob Ross and Chill???)

 

Ross is a fantastic painter who demonstrated his art weekly for his loyal audience. He was known for his wildly permed hair and Bohemian fashions, but mostly for his upbeat, calm demeanor as he swiftly painted the beautiful landscapes featured on his show. He would shift colors around the canvas, mixing shapes and textures as he happily gave tips and hints to those interested in his craft.

Most people who watched him would never pick up a brush, but instead would watch all the same to experience the joy of this artist at work. He was also known for his light hearted and witty comments  that seemed to come almost from his stream of conscious as he worked.

We don’t make mistakes, we make happy accidents,” he’s known to explain. And another fun little quip while painting, “He’s a crooked little tree, we’ll send him to Washington!

Bob Ross’s approach to painting could have easily come from a talented T’ai Chi instructor. He brought his impressions through the TV screen and into our homes, even into our hearts. Television, unfortunately, rarely has such a positive effect on our spirits, though we’re rarely aware of the influence it can have on us.

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Welcome to Embrace T’ai Chi

What is Embrace T’ai Chi?

Embrace T’ai Chi is a lifestyle blog for the T’ai Chi enthusiast.

There a lot of Lifestyle blogs on the internet that cover everything from golf, to cooking, to sailing, or fishing, crafts, relationships, dance, politics, cars, you name it! But it’s hard to find a website that discusses the way that T’ai Chi affects the lives of the people who practice this remarkable art

T’ai Chi people are special. Although the art shares many similarities to other pursuits like yoga, meditation, karate, or kung fu; The particular way this art is practiced puts it in a class of its very own. Those that train T’ai Chi deserve a place where they can explore and discover, as well as share their own experiences while practicing this unique lifestyle.

Of course there are a lot websites that cover a particular style or lineage of T’ai Chi. Many delve into the specific history and traditions of a school or organization. These sites offer a wealth of information and detail to the student wishing to learn that specific brand of the art.

But what’s missing on the Internet is a place to get the ‘Big Picture’ of T’ai Chi practice. Something that goes beyond a set of forms or traditions and asks the question “What does it mean to live the T’ai Chi Way?” Continue reading Welcome to Embrace T’ai Chi