In our series on Principles to Practice I mentioned discussing the five principles for an effortlessly effective body. These principles gave me an AHA! moment when I read them. Something in their simplicity struck a chord with me and in turn greatly deepened my Qigong practice. You could actually say they deepened my whole life which is always a good thing. These principles aren’t ground breaking, as a matter of fact I have heard many of my teachers mention them before. It must just be the way Peter Ralston writes about them and emphasis’s them in his work that finally made me see the light when I read his book. Over the next five posts I would like to delve deeply into the five principles of effortlessly effective body not so much as a “how to” method but more as a investigation into how these principles can effect major change in your practice and life.
Here are the five principles that Peter Ralston talks deeply about in his book Zen Body-Being: An Enlightened Approach to Physical Skill, Grace, and Power.
2) Feeling the Whole Body
3) Moving from the Center
4) Being Grounded
5) Being Calm
Looking at these principles from a more investigative angle and applying them in your practice and life will help you to gain mastery of your body consciousness. These principles are meant to be applied in every aspect of our lives they are not just something you do during practice. It’s when you are able to be these five principle in your day to day life that the true power of them shine. Like the title of the book mentions you take a more Zen approach to these principles. These principles are a mindset that allow you to have better mental control, enhanced feeling-awareness , and balance. All of these together help you have a better experience of being in your body.