Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Tai Chi Around the World happens this year on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Celebrate in your time zone at 10AM, alone or in groups, outdoors or indoors.

How does Tai Chi make me feel?  Help me heal?  Receive calm and pace?  Feel more alive?  Bring in friends to care and share?

All of the above!

Recently I sorted through some long ago drafts of spontaneous writing.  I read again: 
* "Sounds of the city, sifting through trees, settles like dust...."

Now I am recalling Tai Chi class when I was learning the Yang Long Form, 88 pattern.  I stood behind the back row, and not in it.  Sort of like life, being the observer rather than the participant.  I like the feeling of invisibility and detachment.  

** I think about Jou, Tsung Hwa's book, The Dao of Taijiquan  I think about timelessness tucked into one of his chapters.  I think "cosmic," I think  "how appropriate."  I read:

"Reaching the state of mind called Ju-Ting is a wonderful experience yet very hard to describe.  One feels nothing in the mind, like blankness; the whole body seems to be in a vacuum....Both the inside and the outside of the body feel very comfortable.  This state could be described as a small amount of Yang within Yin.  There is no response to sound or other distractions.  One...still knows a little about oneself....imagine what it is like to concentrate so deeply on an interesting book [or painting, or sculpting or writing, or inventing, or anything] that the outside world is forgotten....(p. 146)."

Can Tai Chi Help Me?
Tai Chi is for all age groups, walking paths, patterns, and timelines of individual yet connected lives.

*** "I honor my sacred journey.  I honor the sacred journey of others."

Tai Chi Benefits:
feel calm and centered
social groups
personal awareness, awareness in the moment
mind-body integration
breath, focus on senses, intuition, and nature around you
attention and intention
meditation in motion, relax while exercising

Tai Chi gives me a feeling of authentic self acceptance.  I am both the subject and object of my experiment.

Like spring flowers, Tai Chi invites awakening of full potential in all areas of life.

**** Tai Chi honors flexibility in mind, body, and spirit.  The bamboo is flexible, it can bend very low with the high wind or It can stand up straight and tall.  The bamboo accepts abundance of rain, yet can endure drought conditions until the rains bathe it again.  "Become like bamboo."

"The cat is fully present...."

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* Simon and Garfunkel, musicians,  Lyrics from Old Friends, variations of this song, sometimes connected with Bookends.

** Jou, Tsung Hwa The Dao of Taijiquan, Way to Rejuvenation. "Be a crane among chickens.  Become the Crane!" 

*** Quote from Debra Basham, Spiritual Teacher, author, CHTP, HTT, RMT, NLP, SCS-Matters with Joel Bowman, Ph.D.

**** Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming,  Books, seminars, DVD, free apps, newsletter, Tai Chi, Qigong, Martial Arts, Traditional Chinese Music from Wind Records.  Thoughts about the bamboo's flexibility.

Dr Paul Lam,  Tai Chi Programs for all skill levels for better health, developed by Tai Chi Experts and Medical Doctors.  "All is Possible with the Mind, quote by Dr. Paul Lam."  Many products available, seminars, also youtube, Free Lesson, Tai Chi for Beginners

Master Weiqi He helped develop Taiji Qigong 18 Form with Master Lin Hou Seng.  Online instruction with Master Wing Chung who worked with the creators of the form.
"Your Today--My Yesterday, My Today--Your Tomorrow," quote by Weiqi He

Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Words of Wisdom  bamboo ink painting by Dahlis
Allegheny Service Berry and Redbud, photo by Paul
Cat Fully Present, Orange Cat photo by Dahlis

Sunday, April 9, 2017


* "Be Yourself, no matter what they say...."

Bits and Pieces, visible and invisible, come into play, snips of lyrics, melodies, hums, dreams, and more are here.

How do musicians stitch together sound bytes?  What does sound look like?  Painted Sound, Digital Sound?  "Behind the Seams" of a song or symphony, how can it happen?

** "When I write music or conduct a symphony I see pictures, landscapes, scenes.  I basically write and play from pictures." 

*** Aum Frequency, Digital Art from Spoken Voice 

Musical DNA:
"I know that song, I've heard it before!"  Instant Recognition connects pathways into past, present, and future.  "Are you playing with time?"  I can hear the zither tones of ****The Third Man Theme by Anton Karas.  I'd know it anywhere!  I feel the DNA of the deep soul through music.

Is creativity or ways of thinking a genetic trend?  "I come from a family of (name your creative traits)."  How much does nurturing play a role?  My mom and dad encouraged reading, writing, and drawing from an early age.  Luckily, TV came into being!  Radio was already here. 

"Good Teachers!"

The Big Radio, musical nutrition

William Blake, poet, painter, engraver, author is coming into view:
+ "On windy days and moonless nights,
Blake wears a coat of shifting lights.
The tailor now has grown so clever
He stitches light and dark together...."

and so it is also with personal journeys, stitching together the painted, written, woven, spoken, crafted, and musical fabrics of our individual emotional soundtracks and musical landscape creations.

++ Piano Key beaded necklace, designed and created by Zoe

Musical Architecture:  takes many forms from analogue to digital, structures of sound, color and light, real and imagined, come into luminous physical and non-physical realites.

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* Sting, musician, singer songwriter, lyrics and music from the song, An Englishman in New York. AUD Audience from Direct TV, Album Release Party NYC Irving Plaza, interview and performances through i Heart Radio, 2017 

** Lang Lang, composer, conductor, Bloomberg TV 2017, interview

*** Jay Van Shelt, Paintings, Prints, Digital Creations and Sound Art, Mad Hatter's Studio

****  The Third Man Theme, music for the movie, The Third Man (1949) by Anton Karas, youtube and Wikipedia

+ A Visit to William Blake's Inn, Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers  for children of all ages by Nancy Willard.  Illustrations by Alice and Martin Provensen.  Quote from p. 43, story is Blake Tells the Tiger the Tale of the Tailor.

++ Zoe Zaroff, Jewelry by Zoe, hand crafted, custom designs available, beading, torch work and more.

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author and Tai Chi Instructor

Aum Frequency, Art from Sound, Jay Van Shelt, photo reprinted with permission

Fun with Sound, that's me having a listen to the Big Radio, photo by my Dad, Robert G. Diess

Piano Key Beaded Necklace, created by Zoe Zaroff, photo by Dahlis