Self Improvement With Meditation: Total Embodiment Meditation

Self Improvement With Meditation: Total Embodiment Meditation

Recently I’ve been putting a lot of time into transitioning my mindset and perception in the world.

I’m trying self-improvement with meditation to create a guide for myself. A consistent beacon or structure of permanency that I can embody in life.

Soon after I began this journey, I’ve discovered a perpetual circle of learning within myself.

I consistently go back to where I started, with the knowledge I’ve gained, to reevaluate where I am. This allows me to better comprehend my earlier teachings. I can absorb many principles I missed or did not understand at the time. This allows me to strengthen my foundation of knowledge.

With a sturdy foundation I can have the confidence to grow exponentially. Assured in belief that my roots grow on solid ground.

Revisiting the beginning of my journey also allows me to fasten a firmer grip on the new information I’m discovering. Permitting me to absorb this knowledge and apply it more competently in practice. I have found one recurring value that I am trying focus on and master.

 

“Man is what he believes”
                   -Anton Chekhov

 

I wrote before about psychic equivalence. Our thoughts become our reality. This has been my core focus which led me to explore self-improvement with meditation. I’ve taken many actions that I will continue to write and share on this website.

For this article I want to share what I’m learning about total embodiment meditation.

 

What does it mean to meditate?

Once I began learning how to meditate, I realized I knew nothing about it. I had two preconceived concepts of meditation that I just started doing without any research or studied knowledge.

I started sitting in a dark room with my eyes closed trying to empty my mind. I’d put on some “meditation” music on that I found on YouTube and would just sit there and try and control my thoughts by not thinking!

Another way I tried to meditate was by performing Katas while again, trying to have a free mind. I didn’t have a grasp of what meditation was. I only had a perception of what I thought I should be doing.

Meditation has countless health benefits ranging from reversing heart disease, enhancing the immune system, and countless others.

As rewarding as those benefits are, they are not interests on my personal meditation journey. My journey is purely mental and spiritual. Continuing with my commitment to mental improvement, I’ve learned an important detail along the way.

Our brain can only occupy one thought at a time.

Just learning and realizing this has been a major advancement in my journey and understanding. I’ve tried to work on this each day.

Retraining my thought process to consciously notice what I was producing within my head. This is the path I’m trying to follow. To discover self-improvement with meditation, to master my thoughts.

As I wrote earlier in this article, I’ve discovered a perpetual circle of learning. I can always go back to my article Finding Zen With Martial Arts and revisit where I was at that time in my meditation journey. I can also discover the steps I’ve achieved in my understanding since then.

In my research to learn and improve my meditation I was referred to Richard Haight. He has a great wealth of knowledge available on YouTube. That is a great starting point for understanding his teachings.

 

Richard is a lifetime Martial Artist and spent 15 years in Japan to advance his training.

Receiving a mastership in Daito-ryu aikijujutsu, Yagyu Shinkage-ryu Hyoho, Yagyu Shinkage-ryu Jojutsu, Seigo-ryu Battojutsu, and Sotai-ho.

Richard is also an award-winning author. Writing the books, The Unbound Soul, Inspirience, The Psychedelic Path, and his newest book The Warriors Meditation.

I reached out to Richard online and was very fortunate to connect with him. Richard has been open and insightful in providing me answers to better understand meditation.

He was also very outgoing and helpful with my research in crafting this article. I can only express gratitude and appreciation to Richard for being so open and welcoming.

Richard’s teachings are drastically different than the preconceived concept I had of meditation, and what I’ve been trying to learn.

The more I’ve been able to consume the more captivated I’ve become to learn more and apply it in my daily life. As a Martial Artist, Richard’s teachings are born from a different mother than most forms of traditional and commonly taught meditations.

In his newest book The Warrior’s Meditation, Richard conveys a path for opening a greater depth of awareness within yourself. Separating himself from traditional teachings, The Warriors Mediation speaks to a Martial Artist.

 

Richard provided an example to summarize this meditation. Recounting a story of three different Samurais, each facing multiple opponents.

A novice, an expert, and a master Samurai.

 

  • The novice he said, a lesser trained warrior would allow his anxiety to jump around. Moving from adversary to adversary leading to exhaustion and defeat.
  • An expert, well trained Samurai would allow his attention to spread evenly. He may still experience anxiety as he strategizes his plan for victory. However, if his opponents are skilled this may still prove to be fatal. His thoughts and emotions would handicap him.
  • A master samurai is one who can remain calm, as Richard says, “as calm as the surface of a still lake”. He also spreads his attention evenly. However, unlike the expert he does not predetermine his actions. His body simply reacts and takes the right action without a single thought.

 

The goal with The Warriors Meditation is to allow you to meditate through your active daily life. Training you to not have the need to escape life in order to meditate. This is the perfect practice for a busy lifestyle that many of us live today.

 

The genius in this form of meditation is in its efficiency.

Stemming from the Samurais of Feudal Japan, an ability to have immediate, clear, and vibrant awareness would be a necessity. Under the pressure of imminent death, a time consuming and sedentary form of meditation would be deemed impractical.

When asked about total embodiment meditation Richard responded,

“Bringing meditation into active daily life changes the brain in incredibly positive ways that cascade through your life resulting in better health, less stress, and greater capability in all that we do.”

With practice we should be able to meditate while running, jumping, sparring, driving in a car, or any activity we might participate in each day.”

 

If you are intrigued and wish to learn more about The Warriors Meditation and Richard Haight, you can visit his website here. Richard also has a YouTube channel which is frequently updated along with books you can find online.

As for me and my journey for self-improvement with meditation. The concept of total embodiment meditation captivates me.

As a Martial Artist and practitioner of Martial Skill I always gravitate to teachings that come from the Arts. Samurai culture especially, I’ve always been fascinated with.

 

One of the challenges I’ve had is finding the time to “get away” to meditate and find my peace.

With kids, a family, and other priorities, my time is very limited and regularly finding the time and space for mediation is a task. With the form of meditation Richard teaches, I can clearly see where the benefits would be for many of us versus a traditional form of meditation.

The efficiency in this form allows us to find the time for meditation even in a hectic daily schedule.

Possessing the ability to channel our meditative state while encountering many life and work challenges would help us tackle the daily stresses, or unforeseen obstacles we encounter each day. Garnering the benefits of daily meditation without the enhanced heightening of solitude or escape.

As I move forward with learning and sharpening my meditation skills I will continue to update and share my experiences and hopefully help others who may be seeking a similar path.

 

Have you previously heard of total embodiment mediation?
How do you find a way to meditate, and what resources have you learned from that you can share with us?

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Horatius

    Very fascinating topic. I have always wanted to learn more about meditation. I took several martial arts courses when I was younger but they focused more on combat than meditation. These books you mentioned from Richard L. Height look sound interesting, especially “The Warrior’s Meditation”. I’ll make sure I look into it. It’s true that it’s not always easy to find time in our busy life but taking care of our spiritual well-being should be everybody’s priority!

    1. Lee Goupil

      Thanks for reading and commenting.
      I’ve seen a major change in myself since I began exploring and learning how to meditate.

      I agree with you, mental health and physical health should be a higher priority for all of us.
      Unfortunately gets pushed aside too often because we are “too busy”

  2. Strahinja

    Well I love to meditate. I can not say I am experienced but I gave it a try and I saw it has great and good impact on my mind and even body. I think the greatest benefit comes from clearing your mind of different thoughts and releasing it from many daily worries and other things that come to our mind everyday.

    Nice website by the way. I am so glad I found it.

    1. Lee Goupil

      Thanks for reading and commenting.
      I agree it great to clear your mind from the daily stress and worries, almost like a life filter.
      Thanks for the feedback on the website as well!
      Take Care

  3. Jeff

    You wrote such a helpful article on meditation for your readers, I encourage everyone to consider adding meditation to their daily routine. It is so easy once you learn how to meditate, and since I started doing it every day I have more energy and creativity

    Jeff

    1. Lee Goupil

      I appreciate the kind words and you taking the time to comment Jeff.
      The more I’m continuing to learn how to meditate the more rewarding it’s becoming.
      I’m feeling more balanced since I’ve begun.

  4. Stephen Barrow

    Lee. Absolutely fabulous. I have struggled with meditation. I will follow Richard as soon as I finish here. Your research and information was excellent. I really appreciate the time you have taken and your honest appraisal. I have tried everything you have tried. I can see that persistence is important but what appeals to me is that I can meditate at any time.
    Many thanks
    Stephen.

    1. Lee Goupil

      Stephen,
      I appreciate your comments and thank you for reading.

      Yes, Richard’s teachings are new to me and I’m continuing to explore and learn them as well.
      Persistence is a key to a lot of things in life so I guess meditation should not be any different.
      Being able to “zone” in and be at a meditative state in any situation seems like an amazing advantage in life.
      The efficiency was appealing to me as well.

      Definitely check out his website, his books, and other materials he’s got out there.
      Richard is very approachable as well, try and reach out to him if you are serious about learning more.

  5. Asen

    Hey there,

    I absolutely love your article. It is full of insights. I recently started including meditation in my morning routine and it literally changed my life. Thanks for sharing those great books as well.

    1. Lee Goupil

      My pleasure Asen.
      Thanks for reading and sharing with us.
      Take Care

  6. Stacy Gallagher

    I am a huge believer in the power of meditation. About 20 years ago I started my journey in Zen meditation by sitting on a zafu and zabuton (meditation cushions) for 45 min a day 6 days a week. I love what you said above that the mind can only focus on one thing at a time and have used several different tools to focus my meditation efforts from counting to object focus. My practice so many years ago has given me the skill to turn on that mindfulness on the fly now. It is such a valuable skill.

    1. Lee Goupil

      Stacy,
      I really appreciate you taking the time to add such a valuable comment.
      I will look more into the meditation cushions, Zafu and Zabuton.
      This was a great insight for the readers.

      Learning that we can only have one thought at a time was a major game changer for me.

      Being able to be mindfulness is certainly a great skill to have that I hope to achieve as well.
      It’s one of the things that peaked my interest with the total body embodiment meditation.
      Being able to be in a meditative state while operating in day to day activities.

  7. Janet

    Hi! I have been doing meditation for more than 10yrs. It has become part of my daily life. Meditation besides help to calm the mind, it helps to release stress and recharge and heal your body! I always try to find time to do meditation. I will wake early 6am in the morning to do meditation after wash up and before going to work. I always feel very fresh after the meditation.

    I find early in the morning is the best time to do meditation because it is quiet. I like to do meditation at night after a long day of work too as it helps to recharge my mind and body.

    1. Lee Goupil

      The length of time you’ve been committed to meditation is great! I’ve tried off and on to become better at meditation over the years but never seemed to keep it consistent for a long period of time. The journey I’m on right now I feel is the one that will finally become permanent for me. I’ve become more knowledgeable this time around and consistent. I’ve also been seeing better results.

  8. Annette Persinger

    Very interesting article. It has spiked my interest in meditation and will more into it.

    1. Lee Goupil

      I’m glad my article about my journey with meditation has spiked your interest. I hope you continue to look more into meditation and find a path you can enjoy.

  9. Joshua

    Meditation is a big part of my everyday life. It’s hard to stay focused with so many tasks at hand, so I take about 15 minutes everyday to just do absolutely nothing, and listen to calm music. Thank you for this article I enjoyed reading it.

    1. Lee Goupil

      Joshua,
      That’s a great habit to have. It’s amazing how something as simple as doing absolutely nothing for 15 minutes can be a hard habit to keep.
      Thanks for reading and I appreciate the comment.

  10. I am so glad that I was able to hook you up with Richard! He’s been a really good friend and multiple guest on the show. Keep up the good work Lee!

    1. Lee Goupil

      Thank you Billy!
      It was a great connection that came at the right time. I was trying to learn how to use meditation as another medium for improving myself. I honestly couldn’t have received a better connection than Richard at just the right time.
      I appreciate you doing that and taking the time to comment on my site.

  11. Inbal

    Interesting article. When I started transdental meditation I’v looked for books to better understand it. After 8 months of practice I now know that even if we don’t fully understand it’s effects in the process of practicing. It has amazing effects and is definitely worth to find the time, especially for people living a hectic routine. My goal is definitely to become a master samurai.

    1. Lee Goupil

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

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