Taiji Day 189: Don’t Wanna. Will Anyway.

Today, I woke with a headache.  I didn’t want to get out of bed and do tai chi.  I could easily have slept another half hour. I wouldn’t have been late for work, but I would have missed my morning window for tai chi.

I got up and did the form and five golden coins and eight pieces of silk anyway.  Where I found the strength, I don’t know.  It was a bad run-through of the form.  I felt better afterwards, of course, but that’s not the point.  I didn’t want to when I first awoke, and then I did it anyway.

A lot of the stuff in the Western Mystery Traditions (and the eastern traditions as well, for that matter) begin from the assumption that will power is not a lot of fussing and straining.  The Greek goddess Nike, manifested today in a shoe company of the same name, urges us to just do it.  Today I did it, and I felt better. Not immediately, not perfectly, but better.

So if you don’t want to do some part of your practice, do it anyway.  You’ll feel better.

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