Alrighty… time for all the keyboard warriors to stand up and face the piper. What are your top taiji training distractions? What are those things that keep you from getting in more training time? Maybe you have great self-control and it’s easy for you to stay centered and focus, but I admit, for myself, it’s difficult.
For me, all of my training is done solo. This means there is no one to watch over my shoulder and tell me to train. There is no one to really compare myself against in a classroom setting. There is only me and only I really know how much time and effort I put into the training. Ultimately, it’s quite difficult to stay motivated.
I can easily say my top training distraction is …. THE COMPUTER. I can always find a reason to get on the computer. The allure of reading blogs, surfing forums, or justing mess around with my blog design is quite powerful and often draws me into it’s grasp. To get in some decent traing, I either have to do it during lunch at work or in a completely different room in the house. If at home, I find it easy to train in my bedroom in the dark.
Another distraction for me is watching and/or reading about taiji. I can pop in a taiji demonstration video and watch it for hours, critiquing all the alignment issues, shifting issues, whatever issues that keep distracted from training myself. At times, it’s easier to become an “armchair warrior” in the confines of my own world.