Polyphanes has a good piece today on offerings and work which I recommend. One of his key ideas was that he’s first and foremost a magus, rather than a priest… and that he makes offerings in part with a plan. A priest makes offerings because it’s part of their spiritual responsibility. A magus makes offerings because it’s part of the way he or she makes the world work.
It was a useful reminder today. I’m not a master martial artist. I’m not here to teach others how to be master martial artists. I’m not a holder of lineage in the tai chi line, nor a formal teacher of this style of martial arts. I’m a personal practitioner, and this daily blog entry is a record of my personal practice — not a formal teaching.
And that’s important, because since Tuesday I’ve been sleeping on the ground in a tent, and my back is killing me. And I was able to get through my tai chi practice today only by being gentle with myself and not wholly committed to being a bad-ass practitioner.
And that’s OK. Eventually, I won’t be sleeping in a tent. Eventually I’ll be sleeping in my own bed, and doing tai chi in the half-hour before I go to school in the morning. And then my practice will be normal. In the meantime, it’s ok to do one tai chi form a day, until I’m able to go back to what I’m usually able to do. And maybe soon my back won’t hurt from being on the ground in a tent.
With a hat-tip to my friend TP, I also note this article by Kocrates on making an Easter cross for her grandmother. The key idea that I want to emphasize is that the solution to the problem, in this case making a wider cross-piece for the central part of the cross, involved using a basic technique (casting on stitches in the middle of the project) in an advanced way. This is one of the key ideas of Making, generally — advanced techniques are usually basic techniques, repurposed and reimplemented.