My personal "Interpretive" Lens!
"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour
"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon
"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin
Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.
A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.
When seeing and being mindful in the present we can actively affect such things as emotional reactions, "heart" rate, blood (circulating) pressure, and cholesterol levels that affect pressure, blood flow/circulating, and the monkey brain.
We must tune in to what our bodies are telling us so we may "hear" how it is working, good, bad, or diseased or any myriad of things that are the effect of such a cause as anger, stress, fear, and more.
We hear our breathe, breathing and thus use our respiratory system to affect our body, mind, heart, and spirit. Breathing is a central control of all the body and mind either experience and/or do. Mindful breathing is one fundamental that allows us to change our genetic and environmental experiences thus shaping and reshaping our bodies, minds, and spirits throughout our entire lives.
The body, i.e. heart, blood, circulation, senses, etc., are often calmed and controlled by first achieving awareness and present moment mindfulness of it and its visualization of effect to the systems brain-body-mind connections promoting either health and clarity of thought or disease and fogginess of thought.
Through present moment mindful meditation of the body and mind one can achieve a level of concentration, focus, active awareness that transcends out of the personal universe to that of the entire universe. This is how one achieves the fundamentals and moves into the higher abilities inherent in all traditional martial artists.
Being mindful is developing investigative skills so one obtains true and clear knowledge of self by recognizing, labeling and observing the body-mind. It must be observation of self which is to be unbiased, not shaded by personal beliefs or attitudes; other words mind-no-mind.
It is this way one achieves behavioral changes that stick and are available in all types of conditions and stimuli such as conflict, etc. To achieve such change a person must develop and cultivate through the ingredients of change, i.e. begin with simple steps; seek out an supportive and motivational environment and then make it habit or instinctual by repetitive practice and training.
We are not fully aware of many habits so "seeing" them and then "hearing" about them in our "heart" and "mind" provide us the first step in being mindful of self.
This is another aspect of what they try to present to all practitioners through the ken-po goku-i.