11-06-2008, 14:53 #1
Each week, we begin our classes my meditating on a principle or concept. For instance, last week we meditated on loyalty. As part of the meditation, the instructor explains the concept and why it is important to Hapkido.
This week, we are meditating on JOY. At first, I thought that was a strange concept in regard to a martial art. As I further consider this meditation, though, I am beginning to see how it is essential to my study and to life in general. Joy and peace are not transient emotions and should not be predicated on other people places or things. I am accountable for my own joy. A joyful spirit finds meditation and (wushu sp??) mind easier to achieve. That results in a better and more adaptable Hapkido-ist. Joyful people make better leaders and teachers which is required for the continuation of the art.
Do others meditate on concepts in this way? Any comments on JOY as a part of the Hapkido mindset?
11-06-2008, 19:51 #2
Good for your practice, Pete.
Joy from empathized oneness.SungBook Bae
Ulji-Kwan Hapkido Sabum
11-07-2008, 12:48 #3
Very good stuff....focus your mind every chance you get....sharpen it like a knife... I know Master Bae being a devout Buddhist understands this very well
Green Dragon Dojang
Sin Moo Hapkido
11-10-2008, 03:35 #4
At my school, we don't meditate on concepts in this way, at least not yet. I use some simple techniques to help the students empty their mind of distractions before practice, but we only have 4 hours available each week so we prioritize the technical training more.
11-10-2008, 07:00 #5
I always thought of meditation as emptying the mind, but my instructor asks us to focus on the meditation he provides, or a waterfall, or a bible verse--whatever we can to eliminate all other distractions.
We have a short time, too. I used to "play along" with the meditation. However, the more I do it, the more I appreciate the few minutes we use at the beginning of class and the better I am getting at it. The concepts/principles also cause me to reflect on my day-to-day affairs, so self-improvement is possible outside the Dojang. This is to develop what my instructor calls the "black belt attitude".
While I am all about the techincal learning, I have to admit I am starting to enjoy the meditation and look forward to it as a way to start off my training sessions.
12-02-2008, 18:00 #6
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05-03-2009, 08:50 #7
You go along with Confucius:
To be fond of something is not as good as to find joy in it
(Boedicker, The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan, Blue Snake)