Six days a week I practice my ’embrace the tree’ posture for 20 minutes and as soon as I finish I always feel I’ve achieved something worthwhile. From Monday to Friday I start practicing at 6.30am and on a Saturday, practice a bit later in the morning.
Sometimes I wake up and don’t feel like practicising so I walk quickly to my spot in the living room and just go into the posture. I know on those days if I think too much about it I won’t practice. So far I haven’t been defeated by that little voice in my head that says ‘do it later’. I know ‘later’ usually never comes.
I also train throughout the day on other Tai Chi skills but the early morning practice of ’embrace the tree’ posture is the most satisfying. It’s a great way to start the day because it certainly energises the mind and body.
It’s hard yakka (work) just standing around for 20 minutes early in the morning but it’s all part of my commitment to Tai Chi.