I was out pretty late last night. Like, so late it might be classified as morning. And yet at 6:00am, I felt my eyes pop open. And a short while later, I was doing tai chi, “shambling mound” style, in a state of utter exhaustion.it was all I could do to not fall over. I was swinging my arms and moving my body as if I were half asleep, and my eyes were slotted shut for most of the form. And then I went back to bed for a little while.
This isn’t a form practice I’d like to repeat anytime soon. Yet when the appointed hour for my tai chi experience arrived, I couldn’t not do it. My body experienced a visceral need to perform the form, before it would let me sleep again. And so I did the work.