Motivation, why hast though foresaken me?

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Lately it seems as though I have to use every single last ounce of my willpower to get my practice done. This isn’t all the time, but it is most of the time. I guess one just gets periods of time like this. It is rather frustrating though. I really am trying to get from 1.5-2.5 hours of practice per day up to 4, I really am, but it just isn’t working :(. It is not as though I don’t have the free time, I just don’t seem to be able to make myself do it. Well that and the initial hour and a half – 2hours or so is difficult to make myself do as well. I have had to resort to some middle of the night qigong anytime insomnia hits when I procrastinate too much. Fortunately the qigong doesn’t seem to make me wide awake, and will sometimes help sleep after.

I’m still doing the beating and drumming the qi every single day. I only missed one day out of the past 5 weeks.

I get at least some Bagua in everyday, but far from as much as I should. I’m still working on that. Self motivation is not my strongest aspect.

It’s starting to get rather cold outside, and I keep being more inclined to practice indoors lately. Fortunately it’s still sunny out a good part of the time during the day, but now gets dark quite early.

Long soft grass and a sunny yard :)

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Are the perfect places to practice Bagua! The grass is so soft and comfy when it hasn’t been cut for a month, but is still nice and dark green ;). I was also fortunate enough to catch the sunbeam right in my yard part of the day. Most of the day both my front and back yard are shady due to the darn neighbor’s houses lol, but for an hour or two there is a nice sunny spot in each. Of course bear feet are also required for this sort of practice. Highly recommended. If you don’t have a yard, just borrow a park, preferably one where they don’t cut the grass very often, for optimal squishyness.

I’m not so sure I will be able to do this with bear feet in about a month from now though, however, I have been noticing that my feet feel quite warm a lot of the time, and I get random heat in my feet. I figure this is from all the qigong I am doing, so perhaps I will be melting snow soon lol.

It’s nice to have time to train :)

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I did feel sort of rushed before, to train enough before I saw my teacher next, train the huge pile of new stuff he gave me each time that is. I guess he noticed this last time, as I got barely any new stuff, and I won’t be training with him for at least 6 months. I really hope to see some improvement in my Bagua by then :). I do enjoy having more time to focus on each thing.

I haven’t been able to do my staff training though since my finger is still pretty messed up, darn. I hope to get some in again before I forget it all!

The medical qigong is coming along quite awesomely; I have treated 3 people so far, in 3 days. I mean aside from my teachers and classmates. It is interesting how different each person is. The first treatment for each person is kinda neat, since the most difference is made during that time, the most purging and also the most tonfication during that time. Also everyone agrees that yes, I do indeed have the most comfortable massage table in the history of all massage tables ;). Well I wasn’t going to get one of those really thin foam ones…..

I want one of these for my backyard! :)

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Medicine balls are evil!

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I thought Id try to catch one this evening during class, with my pinky! Fortunately the teacher knew how to put dislocated fingers back in place :>. Damn thing still hurts though. I just used my other hand for the rest of the class, and told them I was going to sit out the tossing the medicine ball to each other bit lol.

Aside from that though, class was pretty awesome. I got reminded of heaps of principals I had forgotten, or at least forgotten to use. Silly me, was using arm muscle to try to to push hands, what was I thinking?! I got reminded about the use my whole body, and boy did it work better. We did quite a few partner drills, to get the various concepts across and practiced.

The teacher was kinda like gumby lol. I think he’s done it before ;).

It was nice to have such a gentle crowd, but at the same time not the annoying newagey flowery taichi stuff that drives me up the wall! They were even nice enough to relate some stuff back to Bagua for me… Well the fact that they also do Bagua I’m sure helped that.

I was really nervous at first since martial arts classes in the past have lead to xrays and long term injuries. Fortunately though everyone was really mellow, which helped a lot.