8 Truths of Tai Chi (or martial arts in general for that matter)
1. Do not be concerned with form. Do not be concerned with the ways in which form manifests. It is best to forget your own existence.
2. Your entire body should be transparent and empty. Let inside and outside fuse together and become one.
3. Learn to ignore external objects. Follow the natural way. Allow your mind to guide you and act spontaneously, in accordance with the moment.
4. The sun sets on the western mountain. The cliff thrusts forward, suspended in space. See the ocean in its vastness and the sky in its immensity.
5. The tiger’s roar is deep and mighty. The monkey’s cry is high and shrill. So should you refine your spirit, cultivating the positive and the negative.
6. The water of the spring is clear, like fine crystal. The water of the pond lies still and placid. Your mind should be as the water and your spirit as the spring.
7. The river roars. The stormy ocean boils. Make your ch’i like these natural wonders.
8. Seek perfection sincerely. Establish life. When you have settled the spirit, you may cultivate the ch’i.
-from “T’ai Chi Classics” by Waysun Liao