Yesterday I ended my day with the Yoga Sun Salutation. It was difficult. I haven’t done a Sun Salutation in months… ok, most of a year, in fact. But I’m thinking about adding it to my evening practice.
But today I delayed my tai chi, and delayed my tai chi, on and on, until almost 5:30 am. I kept waiting for the ping of the phone next to my bed to tell me we had a snow day, or a delay. Nothing. Nothing appeared. Eventually I got up and looked out of a window. The roads were clear. Completely clear. Maybe there’s black ice out there, maybe there isn’t, but it looks like I’ve got school today (even though when I looked outside late last night, it seemed like a possibility).
My aunt the therapist says that you can’t change other people’s behavior, but only your response to it; and of course, that old standby, insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. And I think that tai chi is the same way. People will mock you or ask, “why are you doing that?” And they’ll wonder why you don’t just go to the gym to lift weights and jog on a treadmill or pedal a standing bicycle. Better results, they’ll tell you.
But waiting to do tai chi is like waiting for a snow day when the roads have already been plowed. There’s no point to waiting in bed for the phone to ring to tell you there’s a snow day — a quick look outside will tell you as much, so just look outside right away — AND THEN do the tai chi. It’s the same Dweller on the Threshold problem that we always face. I always feel better after I do tai chi, so why didn’t I just get up and… you know… do it?
Once I got up, of course, I had a great workout. The movements were at the proper speed, not too fast, in fact rather on the slow side. I felt the stretches in my triceps and deltoid, and I had a good horse stance through most of the three forms. Progress, obviously. The challenge, as always, is not in doing the work, but in starting the work.