Endurance

Distraction comes in many forms.

For me today, it was in the form of chickens, hunger and sheep.

The last week I have been spending some time away for the city and traveling up north to some of the beautiful country that Washington and Oregon has to offer. I find myself today, at my parents farm.

A lovely get away surrounded by nature and nestled nicely in the bottom of a valley which blocks out all noise except for the wind in the trees, the birds chirping, 250 chickens clucking, three roosters crowing and the sheep calling frantically for their morning meal.

It is in the middle of all this, that I find myself practicing.

At first, I did 2 of the 24 form to wake myself up. The first one slightly mentally cloudy, directing the movement mostly from my head but near the end beginning to feel my body wake up.

The second one, considerably slower and more mindful. More focused on where my eye placement was and consciously sinking deeper while moving with more synchronization of the upper and lower half.

Then on to the 83, starting out strong with mental intention and eyes focusing properly until, three things happened… My stomach growled, the chickens kicked up their activity 5 fold and the sheep suddenly sounded as if they had not been fed in weeks.

2 or three of them had broken out of the fence and were behind me getting startled and clucking incessantly.

My concentration broken, I started to get sloppy, but caught myself and started over. Forcing myself to slow down and sink in to the movement each time I restart.

Starting, stopping and going backwards I was able to finally make it to the end. My mind constantly searching for some excuse not to continue by latching on to the sounds and distractions teaming around me, hunger, chickens and sheep…Oh My.

This is day three since I decided to switch things up in practice by doing three full forms a day and my lesson is that I need more practice.

My mental focus needs to build its endurance back up to what it was in order to get my clarity during the form each day. Still trying to figure out if I should eat before or after practice and how much that affects my mental focus as well.

Maybe tomorrow I will eat a larger snack, or grill up a chicken….

Chickens

 

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jkelsey440
    Jul 07, 2016 @ 09:48:31

    Feed critters first for peace in the valley!

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  2. Malcolm Dean
    Jul 07, 2016 @ 10:03:36

    “My stomach growled, the chickens kicked up their activity 5 fold and the sheep suddenly sounded as if they had not been fed in weeks… 2 or three of them had broken out of the fence and were behind me getting startled and clucking incessantly.”

    I didn’t realize sheep clucked.

    FYI, Chen Fa Ke did 30 sets of the 83 every day.

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  3. jkelsey440
    Jul 07, 2016 @ 12:28:33

    Sheep cluck on the Kelsey Farm. It’s one of our trade secrets!

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  4. lentecost
    Jul 08, 2016 @ 11:35:19

    More inspiration from Tai Chi: I had to register for WordPress to “like” and leave comments. To make that happen, I had to start my own WordPress site. Dang, with a new actual keyboard and WordPress site, who knows, next …[Scott] 😉

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