Meditation is an invaluable tool for keeping calm, centered, and focused. The term “meditation” means different things to different people. The type of meditation that is practiced is dependent on the specific objectives the practitioner is trying to accomplish. One particular type prevalent in all of Ba Gua Zhang is circle walking. Based on the principles of Daoism, circle walking meditation allows one to “seek stillness within movement.” By continuously stepping in circular patterns, you can train the body/mind to find a still point inside where everything feels centered, balanced, and effortless.
As with all methods that are taught in the Ba Gua Zhang (Pa Kua Chang) of Lu Shui-Tian, every student must start with the basics. The first method that the student learns, the Basic Meditation Exercise, is very simple and direct. This method is designed to help the student learn how to relax the body, calm the mind, and improve mental concentration and focus. The student learns how to stay focused on one thing to the exclusion of all else. This not only calms the mind and increases the ability to concentrate, it also aids in the body’s natural ability to rejuvenate itself. For when themind is calm and focused, the body can use its innate natural power to heal itself and replenish its internal energy or Qi (Chi).
It is important to remember that in the Ba Gua Method of Lu Shui-Tian, every aspect of Qi Gong (Chi Kung) Training is practiced independently, in isolation, until the student can demonstrate a certain minimum level of development. Meditative Practice is kept separate from Qi (Chi) Circulation Practice and Breathing Practice in the Ba Gua Method of Lu Shui-Tian. Each of these three areas must be developed independently. When the student has developed a certain minimum level of ability in all three of these areas, he or she may then proceed to combine these methods. Only an experienced teacher can know when a student is ready to move on to the more advanced Qi Circulation, Breathing, and Visualization Methods.
The meditation within the Blue-Green dragon system is very unique. Master Park Bok Nam and his teacher Lu Shui-Tien taught students seated as well as moving varieties. The seated postures are very easy on the knees and body and are appropriate for all age groups. Students will learn proper structure and natural breathing as well as specific breathing exercises, the proper times to meditate, and Chi circulation.