Have you ever had a sense of delicious tranquillity? Of deep harmony and peace? Of open spaciousness beyond boundary?
Most people I speak with know what I’m talking about, though they are often less than clear as to how these states arise. Often it ‘just happens’. Commonly it is when immersed in a beautiful natural landscape, or after some period of intense activity, or lying in their lover’s arms.
They often go to great lengths to re-experience these kind of states, paying for expensive holidays, massage, therapy taking risks in extreme sports or drug use.
I started my research of these states nearly thirty years ago when I first began Taiji. Since then I have continued to investigate and research how these states happen, the safest most effective ways to generate and share them.
It’s not just pleasure though – these states support physical health, clarity and mental development.
I find that various simple forms of meditation and breathing exercises, or Qigong have great value in terms of efficacy and safety. I also appreciate them because they are exercises based in physiology and so do not require adherence to religious or cultural practises.
I consider Meditation to be the deliberate use of a focus of attention to quieten mental activity. There are many kinds of meditation and many foci which can including spoken words, visualisations and repetitive tasks. In Qigong awareness of breath and posture are used as the foci. This gives a number of benefits such as
- Robust health and faster recovery from exercise, injury and illness
- Body awareness that you can apply in sports and communication
- Increased sensual pleasure in movement and touch
- Mental peace, intuition and focus that you can apply to life problems
I personally find a meditative focus extremely powerful as a way to ‘reset’ and integrate information – especially after stressful or intense learning situations and major life changes, not to mention it’s value washing away daily stresses.
The use of the body as a focus helps support extremely pleasant, peaceful state and without the ‘drifting’ that often happens in seated meditation. Certain postures also have side ‘benefits’ in terms of developing balance, flexibility and strength.
There are several good reasons why it can be helpful to practice with others. These include social support, an entrainment or amplification that comes from a group and the input of an experienced teacher who can help avoid some of the dead ends and deviations that are associated with this kind of practise.
Check out the timetable if you would like to come to a group class, or seminar, or consider private coaching in these methods.Avez-vous jamais eu un sentiment de tranquillité délicieuse ? D’harmonie et de paix profondes ? De grands espaces ouverts au-delà des limites ?