Meditation

In Cheng Ming school meditation is considered important, although not compulsory. Each individual is free to practise it according to his/her own will. Sessions dedicated specifically to meditation, usually run by master Huang Suchun, are organized during international seminars.

Meditation aims at unifying mind and heart, harmonizing them with the organism and with the outside world through breathing and observation. Chinese meditation, especially in Buddhist and Daoist schools, is practiced in different positions: lying down, seating, standing, moving, to the point of turning every movement in daily life into a form of meditation. Chinese internal martial arts can also become forms of meditation.

Here and now, every gesture.

Meditation techniques may differ, but they all share the observation of oneself, free of judgement. In meditation one lets go of one’s thoughts to focus on one’s simple presence and on the simple physical and emotional changes happening while one breathes and watches. Silence and stillness are prerequisites for opening to listening to oneself. In them defences and withdrawal have no reason to exist; thus one can find what lies within oneself and in one’s body. No special state is sought, but the simple observation of one’s staying: little by little thoughts become less pressing and between them there opens up a space, in which the source of our best being can be found.

It is therefore important to learn the art of stopping: stopping thoughts, stopping habits, and letting go of influencing emotions. Excesses and fears, desperation, rage and desire can all be surpassed by embracing awareness. Meditating means connecting to one’s deeper self, to nature and life.