The Field of Awareness
When I see flyers for half-day retreats that introduces the practices of yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises, I can’t help but think that a martial art should be integrated into that program.
The first three practices are “internal arts” that help cultivate a soft, relaxed, and aware body/mind/spirit connection. An “external” or martial art expresses the physical nature and power of that energetic awareness. Dove and Hawk. Yin and Yang.
Chinese Taoist principles of opposite and equal forces are expressed in the Yin Yang symbol. Heavy/Light, Soft/Hard, Full/Empty, Up/Down, Feminine/Masculine. Every day we live within the dynamic balance of these opposites. It’s how nature works.
I took the above photo when we were at a pig roast. By day, masculine Yang energy could be seen and felt in the field’s heat, light, and dryness. By night, female Yin principles were expressed when the field became cool, dark, and moist.
Yoga, meditation, breathing, and learning to deeply relax, are excellent practices toward becoming a more grounded, centered person—very helpful in a busy, stressed world. That’s half the picture. Acknowledging and expressing our true physical power is also part of who we are, and at times, may need to be.