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”
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.
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.