Kung Fu and meditation
Meditation, like Kung Fu, is not something that can be performed easily by anyone but it is a fundamental step to gain the best results:
- In combat
- In daily life
- In Self-defense
Note – This article has been asked by one of our Core Course practitioners on Patreon (see how to attend our home study classes here Learn Kung Fu online: a beginner-to-expert course).
The mind of those who are oriented towards a too hectic way of life (typically western) will have a hard time to:
- Stay still and do not do anything
- Stay totally silent (internally and externally)
- Forget everything (problems, daily life, etc.)
- Check and feel the real state of body and mind
- Recognize and release all the tensions (especially the ones that we do not know to suffer)
- Empty the mind (to truly focus on nothing is hard for everyone)
Practicing Kung Fu, one of the most common temptation (often favored by poor level instructors, read Recognize a good / bad master: 5 characteristics) is to think to train without “wasting” time meditating:
- It is absolutely wrong, it means to try to pursue the Yin without the Yang
- It means to lose 50% of the combat effectiveness (read Become the absolute zero)
- It means to lose 75% of the self-defense skills (read )
- It means to do not develop a strong mind, damaging the quality of our training (read Having discipline: do not contradict ourselves)
A note by Master Kongling – Let’s be clear, this refusal is more than normal (the biggest part of martial arts practitioners is not able to meditate) but we must resist and make this step toward a higher level of preparation; this practice, as well as being vital for achieving a certain level of results, is incredibly beneficial (both for the psyche both for the body).
How to start with meditation
To help beginners here we have a first simple approach to meditation in 6 Dragons Kung Fu:
- Let’s find a suitable environment (and time) where no one will bother us
- Let’s turn off all of our electronic devices (let’s take a time only for us)
- The complete silence is not fundamental, the important thing is to have no distractions
- Let’s get on our knees or (better) cross-legged with a pillow behind our back (to maintain it straight without being distracted by the initially involved effort)
- Let’s choose a convenient position, if we feel discomfort we will not able to concentrate
- Let’s put a background of oriental meditation music (we can find it online and for free, let’s try to search something like “zen meditation”, let’s avoid the tracks with spoken words)
- Let’s close our eyes, gently
- Let’s try to relax every muscle in our body, one by one (initially it is not easy)
- Let’s breathe naturally but more slowly, without tiring us (no too deep breaths)
- Let’s inhale through our nose and exhale through our mouth
- Let’s imagine to practice Kung Fu solitarily, effectively, peacefully, with harmony and determination
- We do not have to go beyond our ability, 5 minutes are fine to begin (let’s practice every day)
- Let’s choose the right moments (waking up in the morning, going to sleep in the evening, after lunch, etc.)
A few tips and ideas:
- If this is our first approach to meditation, let’s do not try while we are nervous or when we have no time to dedicate (it is extremely counterproductive)
- This is only an introductory method, we are “violating” some basic rules to make it as much simple as possible
- Meditation will help us to think and to relax in any situation but only after a few months of practice
- Meditation has to be a pleasure, a moment for us, if it becomes a forced practice, the beneficial effects will never come
In the next article of this series, we will see the second meditation method of 6 Dragons Kung Fu (read Meditation method 2, let’s do not move to the next method until we are not accustomed to this one; there is nothing less intelligent to try to speed up a mental relaxation project).
- Breathing for immediate relaxation – The way to use meditation to obtain immediate relaxation in critical moments
- Concentration and abstraction in combat – The correlation between mental abstraction and combat
Reply in the comments and share your experience:
- What are the biggest difficulties that you face starting meditation?
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