Some beginners of Life Cultivation practice think Jingzuo is a very mysterious matter. Yet Jingzuo is only a form of meditation involving sitting. Once we learn and practice it, we will start to love it because it makes us feel comfortable and relaxed. It is simple and fun to get into it. Let us get into Jingzuo in greater detail.
Jingzuo is a static fitness method. It makes us fit without moving, and that is why we call it static.
To put it simply, it involves closing our eyes and sitting cross-legged, adjusting our breath, putting our hands in a certain position, and not thinking about anything. That is easy, right?
The practice is called Jingzuo because we are required to sit and be silent. It is a basic practice in Taoism. It is called Zen Sitting in Buddhism which is a compulsory practice in Zen Buddhism.
Since it involves sitting, how to sit is a major subject. Usually we sit cross-legged and are divided into natural posture, single-cross posture, and double-cross posture.
Jingzuo practice will nourish our body and prolong our life. It will also open up our wisdom and increase our wisdom. In the practice of Chinese martial arts, Jingzuo is also a way to increase our internal strength and willpower.
Jingzuo practice literally means to sit quietly. Therefore, one of the essence of the practice is quietness, meaning we will sit for a long time and be calm. If we sit for a long time, we will be fixed. If we are physically active for a long time, we will feel tired.
Therefore if we practice Jingzuo for hours, we should exercise our muscles and bones by doing the Mustang Shenzhan Technique to relax our physical body, combining stillness with soft activities. This is merely for your reference. Use your judgment in your particular situations.
As far as the Jingzuo sitting posture is concerned, most people will choose the double cross-legged posture. A practitioner will go into calmness faster, and control his mind more efficiently. With a single cross-legged posture, it is easier for the practitioner to scatter his spirit and attention. However, it is more difficult for a beginner to start with a double cross-legged posture. It is an option for a practitioner to think about.
We will continue our discussion of the fundamentals of practicing the jingzuo technique in part four of the series as follows.
06 Tune Up
In the Jingzuo practice, we try to adjust our physical body, our breath, and our mind.
Physical body tune up
We have previously discussed this issue. Most practitioners know about this. They have practiced the sitting posture so that they feel comfortable with the posture. For beginners, they will feel more and more comfortable with practice. They should not force themselves to do it at once.
Breathing tune up (Pranayama)
Breathing can be classified into four types, namely wind breathing, gasping breathing, ordinary breathing, and trained breathing.
Breathing with sound is called wind breathing. It is not good.
Breathing without sound but the air flow is not smooth is called gasping or panting breathing. It is not good.
Breathing without sound but the air flow is not narrow is called ordinary breathing. It is not good.
Breathing without sound but the air flow is deep and long, fine and gentle. This is good. Refer to the Mustang Tuna Technique to learn how to do this kind of breathing.
In the Jingzuo practice, once we successfully adjust our breath, our mind will calm down slowly. Then one can choose a method to focus his mind, such as connecting with and guarding boundaries.
In Zen Buddhism practice, it has three kinds of beauty. After adjusting the body, breath, and mind to achieve stability and tranquility, it is then convenient for him to practice the right path in order to develop good roots, cure diseases, and achieve good fruit. However it is not easy for ordinary people to aim so high.
As practitioners of Life Cultivation, we usually adopt a posture, relax our body, empty our mind and go into relaxation. Some will sit for twenty minutes. Most of us will sit from half an hour to two hours a day. Those who seek to enter a state of tranquility require more than two hours per session.
After practicing the Jingzuo Technique for a long time, our body will warm up, and our mind will be highly concentrated. Then we may practice the Mustang Ruding Technique, or enter into a state of tranquility. It may appear after a year and a half of practice. In the Ruding state, it takes more than two to three hours to complete the session.
As practitioners of Life Cultivation, we practice Jingzuo to keep our body fit. We may practice for twenty minutes to effectively relax and feel the joy.
Some of us will practice from forty minutes to an hour per session. It is not necessary to practice longer than this if our goal is physical fitness.
As far as posture is concerned, it is better to adopt the double cross-legged posture.
The best time to practice is from three to five before dawn in the morning. If you cannot wake up early in the morning, then do it at whatever time you can spare. Generally speaking, it should be possible for you to squeeze out time, one in the morning and one in the evening.
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