Thursday, July 12, 2012:
I returned to the circle with my T'ai Chi Chih students in Cornucopia today. It was exactly three months to the day since our last TCC class practice and now we gathered in a new configuration.
Our group is a diverse mix of long term students, new additions who completed their initial class in April, and out-of-towners who travel from Chicago and the Twin Cities to enjoy their summers on the shores of Lake Superior.
Each year as we grow older shade becomes more important, and so we paused midway through our practice to adjust to the sun's path and reposition ourselves in the moveable shade.
After practice we had a wonderful discussion about Ed Altman's article, "Let the Chi Do the Work," and next week we delve into Justin Stone's Spiritual Odyssey.
Friday, July 13, 2012:
Today was "visit with my brothers and car fix-it day." My T'ai Chi Chih practice was a mental rehearsal only--which was fine--but I look forward to a full moving meditation tomorrow.
Saturday, July 14, 2012:
Our drive back up to the Twin Cities was delayed by an alternator that was ready to retire from its years of service in our "newly gifted" 1991 Toyota Corolla.
Thankfully, my generous brother who passed the car on to us was driving to the Cities with Frances and me and helped locate and deliver the car to a repair shop. We missed our dinner out with friends, but I gratefully smoothed out the events of the day with a before-bed TCC practice. And then ... to sleep.
Sunday, July 15, 2012:
After breakfast with friends and a surprise visit with more friends, we hit the road to Bayfield. Frances drove the Corolla and I followed in the Jeep.
We made it home with nothing more than the appearance of a check engine light. Again, before I went to bed I engaged in a brief but energy-filled practice.
Monday, July 16, 2012:
Back to the usual . . . outdoor practice with Lucy and Namaste lingering in the wake of my Chi.
I had visitors midway through practice--our friends who took care of the cat and goose while we were away--but, after a brief chat I was back in the groove. Doing my moves....
I considered how to teach grounding at this week's TCC class and then it was time to prepare for work and go-go-go....