Just because yesterday was wonderful, doesn’t mean today’s practice will start or end that way. I mean, it started OK and ended great, but I dreaded it this morning, and I put it off for a long time. At least I slept later than usual — until almost 6:30.
Followed by digital check-in. Plugging in the phone next to the bed is a bad habit. Usually it’s in the other room, recharging and set to “on” so if it rings, I may hear it in bed. But last night there was a bit of an emergency. Nothing I can do anything about, most likely, but if I was needed, I wanted to be available. And so I plugged it in next to my bed.
Which meant that *I* plugged in, first thing in the morning. I checked my e-mail, I checked Twitter, I read some news… and time drifted away. I find it’s best if I do tai chi within 5-10 minutes of waking. This morning I wasn’t even close. More like an hour to an hour and a half.
The urge to procrastinate can sometimes be very strong; and I think part of crafting a daily practice is is setting up your bedroom, your house and your lifestyle in general so that the practice can be brought front and center, first thing every day. And today, it was interesting to see how a small change in that routine resulted in something quite different than the usual.
The actual practice was pretty normal. Faster than I’d like, perhaps, but invigorating and immediately fulfilling. Especially since I woke up this morning a little stiff and sore from yesterday’s work. It’s been sort of a heavy week, really.