Zen Body-Being

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  • Copyright: 2006-07-27
  • Publisher: Frog Books
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In this inspiring guide, Peter Ralston presents a program of "physical education" for anyone interested in body improvement. Using simple, clear language to demystify the Zen mindset, he draws on more than three decades of experience teaching students and apprentices worldwide who have applied his body-being approach. More of a transformative guide than a specific list of exercises devoted to any particular physical approach,Zen Body-Beingexplains how to create a state of mental control, enhanced feeling-awareness, correct structural alignment, increased spatial acuity, and even a greater interactive presence. Exercises are simple, often involving feeling-imagery and meditative awareness, which have a profound and sometimes instant effect. Where similar guides teach readers what to do, this book teaches readers how tobe.

Author Biography

Peter Ralston has black belts in judo, jujitsu, and karate. The founder of the martial arts tradition Cheng Hsin and the school dedicated to it, he leads workshops on a wide range of disciplines.

Laura Ralston is an editor, model maker, and collaborator with her husband. They live in San Antonio, TX.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Forewordp. xi
Being a Bodyp. 1
What Is Physical Ability?p. 1
Cultural Influencesp. 4
The Source of Improvementp. 6
Accessing Body Intelligencep. 7
Beginner's Body-Beingp. 9
Origins and Influencesp. 13
Mind Trainingp. 13
Creating Insightp. 16
Zenp. 18
The Basics of Perceptionp. 20
Three Aspects of Body Awarenessp. 22
Feeling-Awarenessp. 25
Awarenessp. 25
Feeling Is Foremostp. 26
Intent, Impulse, and Feedbackp. 27
Feeling-Awarenessp. 30
Body-Being Basicsp. 31
Opening a Door-Five Steps to Transformationp. 33
Enhancing Feeling-Awarenessp. 34
Barriers to Feelingp. 36
Learning, Being, and Creatingp. 43
Learning to Investigate What's Truep. 43
Some Key Elements of Learningp. 45
Questioning Selfp. 49
Being Your Bodyp. 50
Body and Identityp. 52
Two Domains of Feelingp. 54
Creating Feelingp. 56
The Principles of an Effective Body-Beingp. 63
A More Conscious Experiencep. 63
Student-on-a-Stickp. 65
What Is a Principle?p. 66
Insightp. 69
An Object in Spacep. 70
Five Principles for an Effortlessly Effective Bodyp. 72
Body Basicsp. 83
Structural Alignmentp. 85
What Is Alignment?p. 85
Body Designp. 87
Fourteen Points on Structural Alignmentp. 89
Being Aware of Structural Alignmentsp. 91
Seeking an Effortless Powerp. 113
Using the Body Effortlessly and Effectivelyp. 115
What Is Intrinsic Strength?p. 116
A Discovery of Effortless Powerp. 118
Mind and Perceptionp. 125
Changing Our Mindsp. 125
Noticing Perceptionp. 126
Perception and Responsep. 129
Controlling the Mindp. 133
Turning Perception into Feelingp. 136
The Creative Aspect of Mind and Perceptionp. 140
Mind, Perception, and Relationshipp. 144
Relationship and Consciousnessp. 145
Awareness, Relationship, and Interactionp. 147
The Principle of Effective Interactionp. 151
Increasing Relational Awarenessp. 152
Inclusive Awarenessp. 153
More Than You Need to Know About Consciousnessp. 154
Getting in Our Own Wayp. 158
Body-Being and Interactionp. 161
Life Practicep. 165
Study and Trainingp. 165
Trainingp. 166
The Body and Exercisep. 168
The Body at the Officep. 170
The Body at Laborp. 171
The Body and Athleticsp. 173
Stretching the Bodyp. 174
Body-Being for the Bodyworkerp. 176
T'ai Chi for Every Bodyp. 177
Sex and Body Feelp. 179
The Body and the Artsp. 179
A Practice for Lifep. 180
About the Authorp. 183
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