Meditation is fundamental to the Eastern process clears the mind of 'physical' thought, that we associate with our physical reality. From a Western perspective, these are thoughts related to our daily lives; such as recreation, education, finance, home, work, and friends etc. There motivation to clear the mind of these thoughts include: calming the mind, reducing stress, access higher levels of consciousness.
Drops in blood pressure have been documented through meditation alone. One of the higher levels of thought, some consider most important to is the type of transcending meditation of access to 'universal consciousness', the supernal dimension and The Infinite. For more on how meditation helps and cures problems with blood pressure Meditation and Blood Pressure, click here
Buddhist meditation is not a religion; although there are some Buddhists that have other religious practices; that are not shared by all. There is no conflict (nihl obstat) of Buddhism with any major religion or spiritualism; and has many that practice these simultaneously. Meditation is the philosophy of no-mind: having the mind clear of distracting influences and receptive to the creative and intuitive thoughts emanating from higher consciousness such as the supernal or the infinite.
The moving meditation of Qigong, gives the practitioner valuable insight that is verified by their own personal experiances and perceptions. For more on Qigong, see: the moving meditation of Qigong, click here
This is a concept that is intrinsic to all learning. For any learning to begin, one must have an awareness of some lack in the present knowledge base. We are not able to ask, 'What is this?', until we are aware of some new concept or construct. Many times there is no current word to express this. Perception and consciousness are limited by this; as the Phenomenology of Edmund Husserl documents. In Germany, many new words are formed by idiomatic combinations of currently defined words. At this point onwards, true learning can occur. If we are not aware, we cannot begin to ask the first question. Awareness begins where ignorance ends! When learning begins, our awareness must be continually reaching out for new aspects or angles; that facilitate learning.
Awareness also has a vital roll in holding our attention in the present. It helps to focus specifically (reductionism) or holistically as the learner moves through the learning process. Awareness stops the learner from slipping into the automatic processes of thinking or listening in previously defined concepts.
On a higher plane, awareness facilitates meditation by helping to maintain our attention on the 'no-mind'. Awareness is intrinsic to consciousness of being, and is needed to facilitate our lived experience. In the universal sense of Plato, this is what is continuous among the past, present and future (general principles). Time, application and attachment; can cause one to be jumping back and forth from doing to being. Meditation can free one from these limiting influences.
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Although meditation can be done while walking, standing, sitting, or lying down; most will sit. The Chan School of Buddhism is famous for its single-minded emphasis on direct meditational inquiry.
'If the motivation in learning the art is primarily to gain skill as a boxer, then motivation will impede learning. To learn combativeness, of being unable to resolve interpersonal problems rationally. But if the internal is viewed, as it should be, as a form of meditation that in time bequeaths boxing skill and other useful values, then progress will be more rapid. For the internal emphasizes meditation and exercise, out of which the combat technique emerges, but the combative is always under control of the meditative.
The internal requires quite, stillness. But this stillness is not simply the absence of sound. It is a total presence, an attentiveness, which must be part of a discipline if excellence is to emerge.. I believe the silences that a man must lives with in training in the internals themselves produce part of the skill that ultimately comes. When the silence releases its new energy a quite mind is produced, and when this happens the whole being becomes truly active.
The internal is dynamic training of mind-body. An old Taoist saying goes: "In standing, like a pine tree; in moving, like the wind; in sleeping, like a dead man." To which I would add, "In thinking, like a placid, slow-moving stream." Theoretically, many Asian martial arts promise this mind-body synthesis. Few achieve it. For more on the higher levels in training see the Martial Benefits of the Internal, click here
A system based solely on body mechanics remains forever at the level of calisthenics and rudimentary fighting. Functionally, such a system is limited that in the animal world man is something of a weak creature. Except by recourse to his brain, he cannot stand physically with other animals.
But the brain itself needs to be checked and trained. The trouble with urban cultures throughout the world is that man's brain is out of control. The internal imposes the restraint that, paradoxically, leads to freedom.
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By its very nature, the internal is cooperative. It breaks down when it becomes overly competitive. Springing from Taoism and Buddhism, it stresses being and becoming rather than thinking and doing. Learning is aided by remembering that there is no opponent --- only ourselves.
However the internal is not a gift: it must be worked for, and discipline is necessary ( an old text runs, "An inch of meditation, an inch of Buddha").
In a relativistic world, one of the few absolutes is that it is more difficult to train external boxers in the internal, than it is those who have no boxing at all. Previous boxing or highly competitive or strength oriented sports are impediments. Competiveness must be discarded if one is to enter into --- much less make progress in --- the halls of the internal. Although the internal is harder work, and takes longer than the external, it has no limits. One has but to watch old judoka or karateka and to contrast them with an internal master to see the truth in this.
Because I have taught the external, I know the difficulties of the transition. And I will tell the reader in advance his reaction to the internal. He will be vexed at the lack of tangible indices of progress, which are easily recognizable in the external. He will want to go faster. (Tallyrand said to his coachman, " Slow up --- slow up --- I'm in a hurry.")'
Hsing-I: Chinese Mind-Body Boxing by Robert W. Smith, pages 22-24.
Internal Iron Shirt and Internal Iron Palm both require a firm foundation in meditation and meditation based Qigong.
Meditation might last for a period of 5 - 90 minutes. Before meditation, think of all that has occurred during the day/night, and deal with it then and there, then put it down.
Next think of all that you are going to do, then put it down.
For the first half of the meditation, inhale and hold the breath, then exhale and hold the breath the same amount of time.
The second half of the meditation, breathe naturally.
In other “religious” news, scientists have discovered that the ancient Buddhist technique of empathetic mediation not only increases neuronalgenesis (more new neurons) but by using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) they were able to show that this meditative practice can cure obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) in the same manner as the drugs that are presently given. Further, this sort of meditation can elevate the natural state of “Happiness” - which has previously been thought of as permanent.
"For meditation, a relaxed posture is recommended, that is stable and comfortable; usually kneeling or cross-legged.
Now regulate your breath, inhaling and holding it for as long as comfortable, then exhale, and hold it for the same amount of time. This is the foundation of the basic meditation.
When you exhale, relax the anus area (Gu Dao or Huyin Point); as you inhale, lift up the anus area.
The first concept of meditation, is usually the concept of no thing. Not nothing, zero or blanks proper, but the absence of things. Every thing has some no thing in it, and come from being no thing. An expert might know a lot about one thing, but if he thinks that this makes him an expert at all things, he is mistaken, and does not know anything, since he thinks that his something, is everything. This kind of person, will give advise on something, whether he knows about it or not, so his advise cannot be trusted.
A wise man might not have an area of specialty, but he knows, what he does not know. He has a general understanding of general principles; so he knows a little about everything; the no thing that runs through it all. Be like Sergeant Shultz on Hogan's Heroes, and know nothing, see nothing, hear nothing and smell nothing."
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