Part of my success yesterday with slowing down seems to
have been that I was using muscle, not gravity, to move my body
around. It’s a tricky thing, gravity. It’s always working on us,
and it’s so constantly there that we don’t notice it’s holding us
down and dragging us down from the very beginning. I don’t think
that we,even as tai chi practitioners, really notice how much our
motions are sped up by the action of gravity on our bodies. So we
have to remember to use muscle, and not earth’s own attraction,
when our limbs are moving downward. Otherwise, we pick up speed,
and we translate that speed into the upwards motions. So, to slow
down one’s tai chi practice, be sure you are using muscle, and not