Tai chi Y4D178: Full Set

Did a full set today. Including the druidic components ahead of time, it took… an hour.  I got my tai chi forms to happen really quite nicely and slowly.  The procedure?

  • Two tai chi forms, not particularly slow, no real focus
  • Twenty-five push-ups
  • Two tai chi forms, reasonably slowly, focus on outward and downward movements
  • Qi Gong form, Five Golden Coins
  • Two tai chi forms, focus on inward and splitting movements
  • Qi Gong form, Eight Pieces of SIlk
  • Two tai chi forms, fairly slow, focus on breathwork

I feel great.  I also feel like I’ve pushed free of some miasma or internal mindset that was holding me back. But that’s just it: tomorrow the miasma or accidie may be back.  I note that the link I just installed dates back roughly a year and a month or so; in other words, we wrestle with some of the same challenges on roughly a schedule.  Right now is a time for self-doubt and accidie, apparently.

Speaking of links, there’s a link from Gordon’s recent blog post that I think is worth reading. Actually, there are several; this article about how Google might consciously or accidentally fix the 2016 election is worth considering; and this article about blogging and the new internet by a guy who blogged in Iran is also worth reading. I met a guy named Mike who’s getting his website up and running, who reminds us that you can’t really hire a hacker. And Sam designed/reconstructed an initiatory formula called the Howl of Orpheus.

I think part of the reason why the World Wide Web is dying, is that people forgot how to build links.  They’re not particularly hard, but they do require effort to follow through. And so I think I’m going to start posting more links, to the projects and programs I’m doing, and the tutorials I’m following, if only to keep the life support going for a little while longer.

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  1. Andrew, this brief zag in your blog is sooooooo interesting. I love how you tie it back into a daily practice by remarking that having a daily practice making us better able to recognize and deal with change. In fact I read that to our Tai Chi group yesterday — and the person who understood it the best is 32. The intelligent, informed, involved 70-somethings DIDN’T get it, at least not until Amber and I discussed the problem of “blogging (read: marketing) and the new internet” for a bit. She is the marketing person for the local health food store and has seen the trend and increasing limitations as well as the numbers changing on their statistics on clicks on their website. That said, I found your blog via the app ZITE on my iPad, selecting Tai Chi as one of my topics of interest. That was sort of passive. Anyway, thanks for your continuing inspiration. I get your Tai Chi blogs via email so it may not show up in your clicks count, but someone in south central Wisconsin continues to read your words every day.

    • Thank you, Lisa, both for saying that it was interesting, and that you read every day. It’s a lot of work to embed links, as it turns out.

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