This morning’s tai chi practice was slow. And I mean that in a good way. I found a good breathing rhythm from the beginning, and maintained it; it took me about 20 minutes to work through the tai chi form, and about 7 minutes to do the qi gong forms. This is almost exactly what it should take, and I’m very pleased with myself. Breathwork was good; form was good; and awareness of what work I was doing was good. I didn’t lose my place in the work, and I managed quite nicely. It was pleasing indeed!
Today is the first full day of all students on campus; tomorrow is the first full day of classes. For a variety of reasons, this poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay is on my mind this morning:
Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare.
Let all who prate of Beauty hold their peace,
And lay them prone upon the earth and cease
To ponder on themselves, the while they stare
At nothing, intricately drawn nowhere
In shapes of shifting lineage; let geese
Gabble and hiss, but heroes seek release
From dusty bondage into luminous air.
O blinding hour, O holy, terrible day,
When first the shaft into his vision shone
Of light anatomized! Euclid alone
Has looked on Beauty bare. Fortunate they
Who, though once only and then but far away,
Have heard her massive sandal set on stone.
It’s a powerful, rich piece of poetry (Vogons notwithstanding), and I thought I’d share it with you this morning.