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Zen Body-being

An Enlightened Approach to Physical Skill, Grace, and Power
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2
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic/Frog
 | 
July, 2006
ISBN:
9781583941591
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1
$20.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In this inspiring guide, world champion martial artist Peter Ralston presents a program of “physical education” for anyone interested in body improvement and skill enhancement. Using simple, clear language to demystify the Zen mindset, he draws on more than three decades of experience teaching students and apprentices worldwide who have applied his body-being approach. More of a transformative guide than a specific list of exercises devoted to any particular physical approach, Zen Body-Being explains how to create a state of mental control, enhanced feeling-awareness, correct structural alignment, increased spatial acuity, and even a greater interactive presence. The exercises are simple and easy to adopt, often involving feeling-imagery and meditative awareness—which have a profound and sometimes instantaneous effect. They are specifically designed to be utilized in every aspect of daily living. This book is for everyone, and includes surprisingly valuable exercises for practicing body awareness in the office, the bedroom or on the golf course—wherever. Where similar guides teach readers what to do, this book teaches readers how to be.

What you learn in the following chapters may at first seem too simple to be useful. To learn more about our bodies, we’re accustomed to looking everywhere except into our own experience… I recommend that you try to forget what you know and approach everything here as though it’s the first time you’ve ever heard of it. After all, this book could accurately be called a guided investigation into the overlooked obvious.

Ralston’s Cheng Hsin: The Principles of Effortless Power became an instant martial arts classic in 1999. Cheng Hsin, which translates as “true being,” was founded by Ralston as an approach to using one’s real experiences in training both body and mind. Ralston’s Zen Body-Being rejuvenates positive self-awareness of the body by taking the principle to the next level.

More info: www.chenghsin.com

Publisher’s Description: 

In this inspiring guide, Peter Ralston presents a program of "physical education" for anyone interested in body improvement. Using simple, clear language to demystify the Zen mindset, he draws on more than three decades of experience teaching students and apprentices worldwide who have applied his body-being approach. More of a transformative guide than a specific list of exercises devoted to any particular physical approach, Zen Body-Being explains how to create a state of mental control, enhanced feeling-awareness, correct structural alignment, increased spatial acuity, and even a greater interactive presence. Exercises are simple, often involving feeling-imagery and meditative awareness, which have a profound and sometimes instant effect. Where similar guides teach readers what to do, this book teaches readers how to be.

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