Turning inner space into outer space

October 6, 2020

Tai chi is on again

After 90 minutes of tai chi, I feel warm, a little sweaty and kind of achy in those muscles that normally don’t get much movement. A lot of people don’t think tai chi is much of an exercise, but I’m feeling it.

We’re starting over from the beginning of the form, with newcomers taking their first awkward steps and old-timers refining the ones they know. I’ve been doing tai chi off and on for decades, and learning never ends.

My habit tracker has been a big help in recent weeks, keeping me on track to practise tai chi twice a day — once in the morning and once in the late afternoon. Habits really are an amazing thing if you harness them for good.

After all that practice, I thought I was doing pretty good, and that I would wow my classmates by whipping through the form. But the learning does indeed never end. I now have a much better idea of how to position my feet in those opening moves. In fact, it’s embarrassing that I hadn’t thought about it before.

My on-again-off-again relationship is definitely on again — and this time I aim to keep it on permanently.