Hesitation, anticipation, and quivering in tai chi

Pouring water from a measuring cup into tea pot. If you hesitate the water backs off. This is hesitation in tai chi. Listening to the dripping of a leaking water faucet at night while you lie in bed. You can’t sleep. You await the next plop, then the next. This is anticipation in tai chi. Standing on one leg and moving in the form unable to maintain your balance, your muscles quiver and you must fall out of form. This is using muscles rather than going deeper to move from a source within. The mind must concentrate more fully in these cases. You must be in the present moment, without hesitation, without anticipation, without clenching and quivering. Tai chi is the resolution of these superficial restraints.

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