Meditation

The purpose behind meditation is to turn off the internal dialogue, that part of the thinking mind which is constantly chattering, and allow the instinctual mind to take over.

The thinking mind is important to us. Without it, we could not reason and shape our creativity. However, the thinking mind is often overwhelmed by emotional states, trying to categorize them and deal with them through logical and rational method. The instinctive mind knows immediately how to deal with with emotions. Also, in Taijiquan and Yoga, the body will learn the correct positioning and flow of the individual postures. Often the thinking mind will second guess what the body has learned. This can be harmful in deep Yoga positions, and even more harmful in a combat situation where you're attempting to use the Taiji form immediately. The instinctual mind knows to get out of the body's way and let it do what it has been trained to do.

Meditation is practiced from a comfortable seated position. Sitting on a chair or bench is permittable when leg and hip flexor flexibility is an issue. However, the practitioner should avoid reclining against the back of the chair and instead sit up straight, supporting their own back if possible. Traditionally, meditation is performed sitting on the floor or on a cushioned bolster.

During meditation, the practitioner should relax their body as much as possible, and avoid any strain and distractions. The breath should flow slow and deep through the nose, and the tip of the tongue should touch the roof of the mouth.