Thursday, June 21, 2012
I always find it pleasant and challenging to do my Tai Chi Chuan form on the back lawn. I like outside better than inside, and the unevenness of the lawn requires more care when placing feet and shifting weight. The same is true for my Qigong.
Last evening I decided to do my practice outside. Gramie was watching TV in the room I usually use. I had not thought much about the fact that with no moon the light would be very limited (I suppose even with a moon the light would have been limited).
Normally during my Qigong I focus on my breathing and let my mind drift. It is funny how in the dark a light coming on in a neighbours house, the head lights of a car etc. pull my attention.
Most intriguing to me, was the bright little fire fly. It flew around the back yard in and out of my line of sight while I did my Qigong. At first it was a bit of a distraction, but then just became part of the whole.
Doing my Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong under the night sky was different. Many Qigong traditions suggest that the best time for doing Qigong is early in the morning and secondarily at other times of day. Tia Chi Chuan is recommended at 6:00 and 12:00 both a.m. and p.m.
The unlevel ground adds a challenge to both Tai Chi and Qigong due to the extra requirements of remaining well balanced on uneven and less stable surfaces. The limited light makes it more difficult to assess the surface that you will be stepping onto, and thus leaves you more reliant on body senses as your foot comes down.
I also practiced my Bagua circle walking, but I did not try any palm changes, in fact, I went back to basic walking with my hands down at my side. I found it was enough of a challenge to just walk the circle in the darkness. (By the way, I have my wooden man standing in the centre of my circle. He lacks arms, bindings to represent the head , etc, but he is standing fairly straight and tall and centre in the middle of my play area.)
I have always had an affinity for the night, for the moon and the stars. I am not sure what the “Classics” say about practice under them, but I enjoyed it very much. I expect I will continue to explore the experience of practicing outside at what ever time of day strikes my fancy.
Let the Chi Flow