When the student is ready the teacher will appear
When you have understood something well enough you become aware of what’s around you and will probably see things in a different, new light. An analogy for this is when you have a new car – suddenly you see more people driving cars like yours. Once you become aware of new senses that you have you discover new sensations. It’s like wearing a thick glove and you touch something. If you take the glove off to “uncover” your touch sense you can feel a whole lot more. If you are shortsighted and get a new pair of glasses – you will see things that you didn’t see before. In this way you will start to see what’s around you and relate to it and the people that teach it.
You will have got to the stage of asking yourself some deeper questions about yourself
At some stage most people go through a period of self reflection. Many just accept what they see, others seek to better themselves. If you are looking at yourself, what senses are you aware of, how do they connect? What do they mean? It’s no accident that people find contentment in nature – we evolved with it, we are part of it. Yet many have become isolated from any connection with what were their ancestors’ innate abilities only three or four generations ago.
Maybe it’s that you need to feel less tired – to, “get your blood moving”?
Feeling tired not only indicates that you need sleep, it can also indicate that you need more oxygen. A swift walk often refreshes you if you are tired. It gets your blood moving and increases your blood oxygen levels.
You can get a similar oxygen boost by improving your circulation – performing short, simple exercises that pump oxygen through your body.
It could be that you have heard about Mindfulness but can’t get to grips with it?
Most ways of accessing mindfulness do so by showing you techniques that initially focus your mind on breathing. And they work well if you can focus on your breathing. There are many people that can’t. If you are one of them, the Mindfully connected approach uses a novel approach to body movement to access Mindfulness.
Maybe you’ve heard about Qi (Chi or Ki) and wonder whether it’s real?
Having practised Moving and Martial Arts for a number of decades, I often hear people say Qi (Chi or Ki) is perceptible and real. I have also heard others say it’s complete B.S. Personally I think you can become very aware of tangible movement within your body. I think Qi is made up of many different aspects, some of which I am aware, and others that I have yet to discover. Real or not real it’s a wonderful concept or tool to harness once you become aware of the sensation of moving energy around your body.
Maybe you know that you need to move better?
If you look at an instructor at the top of their game, there is an almost poetic flow to how they move. There are no jagged movements; one beautiful move blends seamlessly into the next. They have usually practiced for many years and perfected their moves. Invariably they will have learned by rote: watching their instructors perform the moves and learnt by copying them.
You may well have discovered that what you see from a move is not how you generate that move. If you not, then will will discover it from Mindful Connectivity.
If you watch a train with several carriages with an engine at the front and with one at the back, can you tell which engine is making the train move? The front one pulling or the back one pushing? The effect looks to be the same, but the action is very different. Body movement is similar to this analogy – do you know which way round is best for the way you want to move?
Maybe you feel small and weak and want to feel more powerful and capable?
This is not about aggression, but capability. Cat’s don’t normally have an aggressive nature, but you try to grab hold of one that doesn’t want to be held – good luck! But if someone strong grabs hold of you, could you get out of their grip? When you are Mindfully Connected, your whole body is connected – you don’t need to think what you need to do – you just move.
It could also be that you feel you are at the top of your game as you know it. You know there is something more, but you don’t know what it is or how to access it?
If you feel there is a gap in your knowledge or training, you are very probably correct. But how do you bridge that gap? If you ask your instructor and they say just keep practising, that’s what most people end up doing – or giving up. I was in that situation. I realised that my instructors didn’t know the answers to my questions and sadly some of them didn’t even understand the questions! The key is to understand how your body works at a fundamental level. Many Moving and Martial Arts give you clues, but then it’s up to you to spend a decade or so with trial and error. Mindfully Connected gives you a few answers:, but you will still need to apply it to your Art to feel what is right.
Hopefully, you have started to get the picture that learning to connect structural physiology mind-models, breathing and Mindfulness gives you the ability to compound up your capabilities. In reality they are all inter-connected – they are Mindfully Connected.
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