Contributing writer for Wake Up World
As we deal with the social gravity of new situations of the world and as we balance ourselves in the very physical gravity of our world we often might find difficulty. Difficulty is nothing new. Our experience with it difficult problems may be new to us, but new problems simply require new solutions, walls simply require new direction, or the motivation to bypass or surmount.
The best tool in order to effectively deal with social and physical situations of the world is mental fortitude. Physical fortitude is certainly a helpful tool and necessary to some extent of course, however, mental fortitude is much more important. Without mental fortitude the physical fortitude cannot be compelled and used to its potential.
Meditation practice is one of the best manners to develop mental fortitude, patient care, to enable our physical to bypass or surmount problematic walls of all sorts. Meditation is extremely difficult and with the difficulty is great reward. The most tremendously difficult thing about meditation is to begin it. We are like some electronic device that wants to always be on and play, but we need to recharge. Meditation, simple stillness, is the recharge we need just like electronic devices need.
“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Be still and allow the mud to settle.” ~Lao Tzu
In Tai Chi, a meditative movement practice and a form of Kung Fu, we practice moving slowly and mindfully and we also practice standing totally and completely still in certain postures that enhance and refine our physical and mental posture.
Have you ever inspired the competitive nature of people by seeing how long we can stand still and or seeing how slow can we go? This simple manner can bypass and surmount the ego within us that might otherwise prevent us from beginning meditation practice to recharge, or Kung Fu practice, or mental fortitude workout or rather work-in.
Stand still and quiet the mind. This is about the only instruction required. All further refinement and in depth exploration can be considered later so as not to crush the competitive motivation and Kung Fu inspiration that might clog beginning meditation. Just be Zen.
Two minutes in a standing posture is a great beginning, even one minute can provide stability anew, physically and mentally. Two minutes standing in multiple postures is a fantastic format for progression as well as standing in a single posture for a longer time.
The pictures below can be used to format postures that contain and depict the excitement of Kung Fu and also have physical alignment and mental orientation that benefits our ability to deal with gravity of all sorts. These postures are wonderful however you can utilize any posture in a freeze like game so long as there is some alignment and not discombobulation of sorts.
The Geometry of Energy: How to Meditate
By author Ethan Indigo Smith:
‘The Geometry of Energy: How to Meditate’ explores meditation and meditative energies through the sacred dimensions of geometry. Simple and profound, it is an empowering four-step meditation designed to lead to individuation, self-development, and an enhanced understanding of energy and vibration.
Useful to meditation newcomers and longtime practitioners alike, ‘The Geometry of Energy’ provides insights into a variety of meditative processes for psychological and spiritual cleansing and enhancement.
‘The Geometry Of Energy: How To Meditate’ is available here on Amazon.
Recommended articles by Ethan Indigo Smith:
- Tai Chi – The “Grand Ultimate” Form of Self Development
- Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation: a Guide to Meditation and Breath
- Understanding Ascension: The Geometry of Energy
- The Mandala: The Sacred Geometry of Meditation
- The Common Origins of Religions and Theology
- Aum Mani Padme Hum: The Integration of Duality and Polarity
- Guardians of the Earth Unite! American Indian Prophecy, The Medicine Wheel, and The Four Sacred Directions
- The Spiritual Golden Rule
- Meditation 108: A Guide to Meditating for the Infant Practitioner
- Walls and Wars – Overcoming the Instincts of Hive Consciousness
About the author:
Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humor.
You can connect with Ethan on Facebook, check out his author page on Amazon, or visit his new websites, Geometry Of Energy and Meditation 108, where Ethan offers lessons on individuation, meditation, the conceptualization of energy, and the metaphysical significance of 108.
Ethan’s books include:
- The Geometry of Energy: How to Meditate: Simple and profound, this book offers an empowering four-step meditation, focused through the sacred dimensions of geometry.
- The Little Green Book of Revolution an inspirational book based on ideas of peaceful revolution, historical activism and caring for the Earth like Native Americans.
- Meditation and Geometry for The Youth: A short and sweet book to introduce young people to meditation and sacred geometry, in a simple format for the youth and youthful alike.
- 108 Steps to Be In The Zone, a set of 108 meditative practices for self discovery and individual betterment, including techniques to develop balance, transmute sexual energy.