There were rose petals all around. My guess— the floral remains of a weekend wedding or at the very least, of a weekend photo shoot for a wedding. Someone said they saw a ribbon adorned with small pearls laying about under the bushes. Majestic trees. The lake in the distance. An idyllic setting.
And then, very early this morning, “Existence before heaven and earth”—- petals everywhere. “Grasping the sparrow’s tail”— yet more rose petals. Even “Repulse the monkey” — all movements complemented by roses.
Doing T’ai chi is clearly NOT a bed of roses— it is incredibly challenging and takes enormous concentration and control. But ON a bed of roses? Well, a perfect way to keep a half smile on your face for the whole of the class.