Today, I resolved that I would go really slow. I mean, really slow. I thought I had plenty of time to do so. But I tried to make each posture last four breaths, and I tried to make each movement between each posture last four breaths. With the exception of four or five positions, I succeeded.
Only now, it’s 20 minutes later than when I usually finish. Which means that with my current schedule, I don’t have the time-budget for it in the mornings. So this entry will be short, very short. I need to get moving.
But the big excitement today was that there’s a posture or movement called Step Back to Drive the Monkey Away. It comes between Ear Strike‘s follow-up punches, and Cloud Hands. And it’s always been tricky. It’s not a posture, it’s a movement. So there’s nothing to find or hold onto to say, “Ok, this is where and how I stand when I’m in Step Back, and this part here is driving the monkey away”. It’s not that simple.
So the posture (or movement) has a tendency to get lost as its own thing when I do the form too fast. But today it re-emerged. I know how it has to look, and feel; and I know where in the form it belongs. Score one for moving slowly: the mysteries gradually reveal themselves, so moving slowly matches one’s own speed to the mysteries…