It's all in the wrist...

seems almost demystifying but when it comes to Tai-Chi, I’ve discovered that like so many other sporting endeavors or physical pursuits it apparently is still ‘all in the wrist’. Well, long before you otherwise realize it’s all in a lot of other places too, but the wrist is an awfully good starting point.

What I found to be most surprising and enlightening (on the slightly disturbing side) is that the limp wrist holds the key (if only it could) to the deeper self, the path way to perfect balance, which is the essential element of Tai-Chi.

Others might have discovered the path in the horse pose, the breathing, the power of moving from the waist, but for me it seems that the limp wrist best cornered what I some how imagine would have been an unnettable phantom of comprehension. And from there, I’ve entered the world of balance.

Loose from the waist up, I fight minions of dynastic warriors from the north, south, east, and west as I protect my turf in an all conquering act of precision movements. And this is not a once off. It is a “Ground Hog Day” level of repetition where the ending is the beginning of another day.

And I wonder with all this why balance is so underrated in religion, why the epiphany, the ecstatic, rapture and euphoria, which surely firm the wrist, guide our mortal hands.

It's all in the wrist...

Digby

Taipei, Taiwan

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