practice of both Kung -Fu and meditation affords an opportunity
for physical, mental and spiritual development. In Kung-Fu
this development is accomplished through vigorous physical
exercise, discipline, skill development co-operation among
students and the guidance of a qualified instructor who exemplifies
the true philosophies of the martial arts. The advanced Kung-fu
student is characterized by self-control, a co-operative,
respectful attitude and a peaceful disposition. In the following
paragraphs I will endeavor to show that Kung-Fu and meditation
are compatible and mutually beneficial- that both bring a
state of peace and harmony to the practitioner.
There are many forms of meditation. Examples include fixing the gaze at a point for long periods, focusing on the breath, repeating a word or phrase (mantra), Consciously directing the movement of energies in the spine, focusing on an internal light or sound, and focusing on movement such as walking or dancing. The oldest techniques still practiced today were evolved thousands of years ago by sages in India as methods of spiritual development. For the purposes of our discussion, meditation is referred to in general rather than in any of its specific forms.
One important aspect of meditation is the development of proper breathing, which energizes the body with oxygen, expels impurities and releases tensions. A state of health, increased energy and calmness results. Proper breathing is a key to all Zen arts and sports. Breathing exercises are also practiced in Kung-fu training.
The restless mind can be compared to a radio in which the transmission is disrupted by static. Meditation tunes out the static so that we can send clear messages by concentration and clearly receive information through increased awareness or intuition. In our normal activities the mind is involved with the body, and the sense continually send sensations to the brain. In the stillness of meditation, consciousness gradually withdraws from the senses and becomes concentrated in the central nervous system. In this interiorized state the mind is able to focus at one point without the distraction of the senses.
from the benefit of increases concentration and awareness
the adept mediator experiences peaceful and joyful states
in meditation. Such a mediator typically finds greater peace
and satisfaction in performing all daily activities. Also,
a sense of connection with all other people and harmony with
nature develop as the result of increased intuition. The practices
of Kung Fu and meditation are mutually beneficial. A healthy,
well-exercised, strong body developed through the practice
of Kung-Fu enables a student to sit for long periods in meditation.
Conversely, increased concentration and awareness or intuition
developed through meditation assists in the student's development
as a martial artist.
Meditation teaches patience- the results rarely come quickly. As with Kung-Fu, regularity of practice is the key to success. Also, like Kung-Fu or anything worthwhile, meditation is "hard work".
1. RELATION TECHNIQUE
Preparation for meditation:
- to oxygenate the body
- to release muscle tension
- inhale through nose for count of eight seconds - hold breath in for count of eight seconds
- exhale for count of eight seconds(repeat five more times)
- Inhale and intense the whole body (hold for three seconds)
- Double exhalation and relax (repeat five more times)
-Floor or chair
-chin parallel to floor
-hands on thighs
-stable but relaxed
-adjust for injuries
-check for leaning
3. MEDITATION ON BREATH
-Meditation posture; then do not move eyes closed
-Attention focused on nostrils
-Breath naturally, do not force the breath
-Concentrate on the air entering and leaving the nostrils
-Just be aware of the breath, do not control it in any way
-If the breath stops be aware of the interval between breaths
-When the mind wanders gently bring it back to the technique(practice for up to ten to twelve minutes)