I’ve been listening to the talks on Simple Daily Practice with Peggy Freeh for the last few days. My interview may be appearing shortly, and I felt bad that I was in a high state of activity with other projects during the recording process. This one, with Tara Leaver, was on this morning while I answered emails from the weekend. It’s pretty good.
One of the things that Tara said, though, struck me pretty hard. Tai chi is not fast, she said. It’s slow, and it makes changes on the energetic levels long before it makes changes on the physical levels. And you can see that over the last three years; at the beginning I was making all sorts of physical mistakes, and now I make all sorts of speed mistakes. In another three years I’ll be making mistakes on the energetic level or something like that.
Today, though, the issue was bowel-related. I had to stop my practice three times to visit the bathroom. It didn’t make for a very orderly transition through the two qi gong forms and the tai chi form, unfortunately. It’s hard to develop a rhythm when you keep having to break it. Such is life.