Tai chi emerged from the taoist tradition in ancient China, and as well as the basic tai chi form (often referred to as moving meditation) there are a range of different meditative practices contained in tai chi.
These include meditation for relaxation, and mental stillness – to specific energy cultivation meditative practices (chi gung), and further spiritual development. Typically tai chi introduces meditation through breathing techniques and a deepening awareness of the body and its energies.
The taoist water meditation is designed to lead people gently and gradually to the core of their being. This meditation uses the energies of body, emotions and mind to resolve difficulties and attain a clear and relaxed spirituality. Progressing from the physical, through the emotional to the spiritual the meditations lead practitioners to balance and harmony with themselves and the world around them.