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LEE DUNN

LEE DUNN

I am in the 25th year practicing and playing with Chi Gong & T’ai Chi, and I realize just how much I have discovered about myself. I am a student of life, that is to say about all the gifts life offers. In September, I will be 63 years old and I have never felt better. In the early days of my studies, I would practice 4 times a week, in the middle years, 4 times a day, 4 days a week, and these days I practice once a day, 7 days a week. I never seem to grow tired of studying the Art. I believe the Art is an acquired taste, not everyone will get it, and even fewer will enjoy it enough to make it apart of their life, but I can say it changed my life. After 10 years in the building trades, I was a physical wreck from all the strenuous labor and looking for a way to continue another 20 years. I tried cross training, swimming, biking, nothing helped. I saw a flyer for Tialopa T’ai Chi Center, called my teacher, Marilyn Allysum, and I found in T’ai Chi the way forward, through stress, physical exertion, and mental fatigue. T’ai Chi is what I needed to find my way in life. So, why am I not running around jumping up and down about the joys of T’ai Chi? Because I believe we all need to find our own inner joy, the thing that can bring each of us to our own center and if it should happen that T’ai Chi is this for you, then we will find each other and begin the work of the Art. I will do T’ai Chi all my remaining days. I will instruct others in the Art, as long as I am able. One of the principles of T’ai Chi that I am fond of says; “use mind and not force”, a great principle for all of life.