There’s always the chance when I’m doing a tai chi routine that I’m going to fall. But every time that I do the form, I feel like that possibility gets more remote. Every time I almost fall, I find new ways of righting myself, and keeping myself on-balance. Today, during a spin, I felt my ankle wobble. Immediately I pressed my foot more firmly against the floor, and found the Three Nails: big toe, ball of foot, heel. And I stopped wobbling, and started standing. On one foot. With both arms extended out from my shoulders. After having done a full 360° spin.
This is delightful. I cracked a smile. And laughed.
I’m crying now at the memory of it. And this is another effect of doing tai chi every day. I feel like my emotional life is a lot closer to the surface all the time. But I also feel like it is more easily activated on others’ behalf now. And I’m able to be more open as a result.