How to Use Writing as a Meditation Practice

How to Use Writing as a Meditation Practice
Writing can be a powerful meditation practice, helping us to integrate our active mind with the mind of meditation. By using it as a process of inquiry, it can help us track our progress in loosening attachments and habitual states of mind even as it …
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Meditation Moments: Benefits of day-to-day mantram repetition
The second point in the eight point program of “Passage Meditation” is the repetition of a mantram practiced whenever possible throughout the day or night. In the eight point program of “Passage Meditation,” the use of a mantram is distinct from …
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Loving-Kindness Meditation and Change
One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing oneself and others to be happy, content and at ease. In the yoga tradition, loving-kindness is seen as an opportunity to “cultivate the opposite.”.
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What are the spiritual aspects of your practice?

Question by Tomodachi: What are the spiritual aspects of your practice?
Understanding that martial arts are more than merely physical movements and physical fighting skills, that the most important aspect of the way is the spiritual dimension that leads one to unity with the “breath of the universe” or ki / chi / qi / prana that leads to awakening so as to lead a life that is beneficial to all others and to ones self, what are the spiritual practices you were taught in your style / school / way of martial art?

Do you also impart this knowledge and practice to your students if you are a teacher? Are your students receptive to the same?

This one understands that in the west, many do not practice such and many teachers do not impart such to their students (including Asian martial teachers who often express that it has been their experience that westerners are not open to such) however, ones study and practice is not complete without the same.

In this ones own practice, the spiritual aspects have become the most important aspects and some of his students have laughingly commented that he now spends more time talking about such than working on technique and movement…. When this one was younger (much younger…LOL!) the opposite seems to have been true and this one only cared for the physical skills.

Thank you for your sincere comments and reflections. There is no correct or incorrect answer to this as it will reflect your personal journey and the present level of your art and understanding. You may not even care in regards to the spiritual dimension…and so it goes.

Be well
For those who do not seem to understand, spirituality does not imply religious practices or a religious faith system with deities and rituals…

The very “ways” many in this forum profess to practice have an inherent spiritual dimension and to reject such is not fully practice the “way” that some here are supposedly “masters” of…
Spiritualism and spirituality are not the same. this one did not realize that so many here practiced English as a second language…wakarimasu?
Spiritualism and spirituality are not the same. this one did not realize that so many here practiced English as a second language…wakarimasu?

Best answer:

Answer by possum
I don’t subscribe to the concepts of ki, etc, nor do I teach it. I tend to reject anyone who teaches it to me. It isn’t that I think it’s against my religion, it’s just that I prefer a more scientific approach.

Also, when I want spiritual development, I will seek guidance from my pastor. And when I want martial development, I will seek guidance from my martial arts instructor. For me, ne’er the two shall meet.

I’ve had bad experiences of bringing religion and spiritualism into the dojang, and I will never do it again. Too many conflicts developed for me, not just in spiritual context, but also in techniques.

Please forgive the analogy, but going to martial arts schools and getting spiritual and martial development is like getting a pocket knife with too many features, and its many features detracts from each that are present.

I do not consider the absence of spiritualism in my martial arts as making my training incomplete. In fact, its presence bloats it for me. Others may feel differently, but I reject it entirely.

EDIT: Spiritualism means different things to different people. To me, it is everything religious in nature. It may not represent Asian philosophy, or yours, or anyone else’s. But that is irrelevant to me: I do not find its relevance to my martial training. One minute taken out of class to discuss something spiritual (using anyone’s definition) means taking a minute away the training for which I came to learn. And it wasn’t to learn or engage in anything “spiritual”. My act of just being there may be what some might describe as “spiritual”, though I do not.

I do care only for the physical aspects. If you meant something other than physical, but not theological, then I don’t know what you mean. Having a large Native American influence in my life meant that even “journey” has a religious (read: theological) context. For me, even ki / chi has a religious context.

When in the discussions of “the way”, I fully realize the Asians meant something other than what I interpret to mean “method”. I choose to disregard anything more than just “method” because anything more means something that conflicts with my beliefs – scientific or theological.

I know that martial arts is a way of life. It is always described that way. But so is burglary, fatalism, pessimism, and politics. Being a chef. Being in the military. Being in school. Each define how you run and explain your life.

That “way of life” is revealed by the instructor through his or her own interpretations, and the choice to ignore it, accept it, adopt it, or reject it is the students’.

And for me, when the instructor reveals his or her “way of life” – even if congruent with my own beliefs – I ignore it. I have no time for it.

Give your answer to this question below!

Q&A: Is it wrong to practice yoga even though I believe in the Christian god?

Question by Someone: Is it wrong to practice yoga even though I believe in the Christian god?
Doesn’t it say we are supposed to be more spiritual in the end times? What if I believe it is near end times and that helps me spiritually?

Best answer:

Answer by David T
I think it should be the other way around.
Right to practice and wrong to believe in.

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Q&A: Any way I can treat my depression and anxiety (without meds) through meditation or some spiritual practice?

Question by Ella: Any way I can treat my depression and anxiety (without meds) through meditation or some spiritual practice?
I can’t go to the doctor anymore because we don’t have the money for that so I can’t get the help I am supposed to be getting. I have been diagnosed as having depression and anxiety.
Any way I can treat my depression and anxiety through meditation or some spiritual practice?

Best answer:

Answer by Liberal Asskicker
Accomplishment.

When I was working with homeless teens, I used to tell them, “your self esteem can never sink lower than the greatest thing you’ve ever done for another human being.”

If you get the opportunity to save someone else’s life, there always be at least one person in the world who thinks of you as a godsend, a hero or a savior, and as long as it’s true for them, it has to be true for you too. There’s nothing you can do to change the past. It’s always there for you.

What do you think? Answer below!

Do you think “martial arts” is a misnomer as a “spiritual practice”?

Question by Dragonlady: Do you think “martial arts” is a misnomer as a “spiritual practice”?

Best answer:

Answer by Curious Mouse
It depends on how serious you take it. The traditional martial arts were a lifestyle that involved the mind body and spirit. However, today in the United States martial arts has been watered down to more of a hobby or a sport. Not everywhere but if you watch enough television you will see ads for tons of different martial arts centers.

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