Did Eight Pieces of Silk first this morning, then Five Golden Coins, and then four tai chi forms.
My left fingertips are tingling — but not in a chi way, which I associate with good things. No, this morning I whacked one of my hands on the chair at the drawing table during the west-facing form. It’s that pins-and-needles sensation from when you’ve been sitting too long in one position. The sensation is appearing, then going away, then appearing again. It’s mostly gone now.
I tried doing a very intense workout, using the goal of moving through water as my guide — very strong, very careful movements. I got about halfway through each tai chi form before I couldn’t do it any more. It’s sort of a measure of how I’m doing, really — I can’t do the form to the highest levels of performance yet; but I am not giving up, either. And the “first half of each form” gives me a sense both of what I must work on, and how far I have to go.