About 17 years ago, Mr D took the time to teach some of us the many interesting Wudang traditions and exercises that would assist any budding strategists in the practice of mindful awareness. During the session, he offered an efficient but pragmatic perspective of those fundamentals
Modernization of the Practices
We recently had a long discussion on these traditions and decided to document these unique practices. During the session, we also integrated some other unique practices that were quite effective in chaotic times and create the following listing of those practices:
- Climbing a steep hill during the rainy season;
- Take one quiet weekend during the winter season to re-read a set of classics (The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China, Dao Dejing, Zhuang Zi, etc.) while standing;
- Reciting the technical principles of Baguazhang quietly during one's internal martial art training session;
- Humming Bach's "The Art of Fugue" in a moderately low tone while performing Baguazhang's circular walking exercise in a fixed frame mode;
- Reciting specific principles from the Art of War essay while analyzing a situation;
- Reflecting on a critical situation in a warm, fireplace-lighted room while listening to Bach's Goldberg Variations (The Goldberg Variations piece is great for calming those who need some time and space to contemplate and cogitate.);
- "Fasting" for an unknown number of hours before making a grand decision;
- Re-fueling one's tea collection before the end of the winter season.
- Maintaining the daily habit of scripting.
- Practicing Taijiquan on a hot day before drinking Oolong tea;
- Walk 10,000 steps a day.
Comments From The Compass Desk
One could stay ahead of the curve by being mindfully aware of the Dao of the situation. We will include details behind this unique view and the specific psychological reasoning behind each of those mentioned practices in a future post.