Seeking a path between Effort and Effortlessness
Below is one of my favourite animation for educational purposes. The lecture is by Alan Watts and animation is by "The Simpson's" Eddie Rosas and edited by Allison Faust. It reminds me how you can simply use non action to perform tasks without constant putting in effort, We Wu Wei. In relation to Tai Chi Chuan, if body structure is aligned correctly and the principles adhered to, you should be able to flow like an "unceasing river", listening and following the internal changes in the body which propagates the movement. Rather than constantly using effort, by keeping your Tai Chi in your head and just mindlessly moving your feet and arms. See my article on the chattering mind where I discuss mindfulness.