After my practice I added this to my journal and it was a good thing I did. Early in our practice with Master Li, he began correcting me on a part of the form I thought I knew. As I watched him I could see what he was doing, but was locking into how I do things. I paused, and took a few quiet breaths, quieting my mind and seeing the emotion looking to sprout. Staying with awareness of my emotions I was able to keep following his direction and gradually let go of what I was doing. My mind offered up some excuses, reasons even during this learning process, but by continuing to cultivate my awareness I was able to let these thoughts go as easily as they had arrived.
Progress, not perfection.
photo by Rosa Menkman