First do this: Witness the adrenalized mind, noting its panicked zigzaggery, how it darts about like a squirrel in traffic. And then what? And then nothing. To see it is to settle it.
At the heart of Tai Chi Chuan is this principle: Whatever comes, let it come. This is exactly what most of us don’t do. Instead, we re-act, stand against, do again what didn’t work the first time.
Apparently, we need antagonistes—problems, difficulties, contrary and hostile forces—in order to grow, develop, mature. But what do we do? We invigorate them with our rage.
I am entirely responsible for how I feel. I see what I see through a film of memory. Filmic seeing is why I like some things and dislike others.
Hell’s bells! I’m not just responsible for my feelings—I’m the reason for them.
Am I as old as this and still getting cranky?