By Ying Zhang
Today I received a very interesting question from my students: "what would you like to be, or to revise to be if you are allowed to redo your life.... ?"
Well, it is basically a question about a possibly reversed path of life and a possibly proposed alternative path of what we might create by recognizing negative emotions in terms of desire and regret.
My immediate answer to them was " I don't want to redo or revise my life. And I'm very satisfied with who I'm and what I have been in any case".
My following up interpretation is as follows:
Firstly, each has an unique path and it doesn't make any sense to compare between units and cross time-being, not to mention it is wise to hypothesize either to redo, or to copy, or to revise. Self to self is this. Self to others is like this too. It is the same logic as that between organizational units.
Secondly, I do not suggest "commit suicide" by using a list of "nonsense comparison" index either vertically or horizontally. My believed notion is each of our experiences in the past should be respected and valued, as it is the thing shaping an unique you and me and building up each set of special relationship paths between you and me. It is like our DNA, invaluable for each spot of a chain, not possible to be compared in each others on their positions. The motivation to redo or revise is thus from an unacceptance of self and an negative emotion such as regret and desire.
Third, life is an one-way journey as a pre-condition. It is clear that desire is the killer of being competitive (the alternative name of this is being unique) that we human being designed to compare with each species.Desire is the result of a disordered spinning of what ifs and the roots of frustration for now, worries from the past, and anxiety to an imagined future with no-questioned uncertainty.
To solution, "being forgetful" is of being forgiving, and it can eliminate worries for the past. Being self- conscious is of being self-loved, and it is the key to create a peace for "seemingly-uncertained future".. Embracing such however needs more understanding of "no way for what ifs", and no action for "self excuse" for what ifs. Embracing present for being self- esteemed and self-responsible is to provide self strength away from the fear in the mind and the withdrawing in the behavior.
In the end, life ( in this beautiful turbulences of soul age circle) , measured by time being, has only one direction, and we know this direction has not be able to be reversed yet, at least with nowadays technology and understanding of diversified but interacted spaces and energies. Such circumstance is the reason to bring us being able to meet at this point and into this space. So what we need to do is just to give up a simply hypothesizing what ifs, but to openly accept "what if not" and "what not ifs". Then we shall embrace peace in mind and able to cherish each other's companion, even in any sort of shapes, to value what we have been in this wonderful meeting-up series!
无欲，不争，柔弱 - 佛道同归。
By Sheena Patel, April 14th, 2017
On Sunday, April 9th in Boston's Back Bay we successfully launched the first academic seminar of ZPA Mind Body Intervention Program.
We merged the philosophy of both Santana Dharma and Taoism to allow for a deeper understanding of oneself. The first three hour session's goal was to 'Energize Oneself' through bodywork techniques from Yoga and Tai Chi, to understand how energy moves from the inside out and cultivate more of that energy through the breath. The second three hour session's goal was to 'Rejuvenate Oneself' through bodywork techniques from Yoga and Tai Chi, to understand how cells heal through always being in a state of peace mentally and physically throughout the day to eliminate cell destruction.
After three hours, participants felt, energize, recharged, with their breathing quality heart rate quality improved, as well as their blood pressure reduced for those who are used to have high blood pressure symptom, and blood pressure increased who are used to have low blood pressure symptom.
We will continue to study and design ZPA program by combining these two eastern techniques and aim to bring ultimate health and wellbeing to all.
By Ying Zhang. March 13th 2017
Tai Chi and yoga have been proved since thousands of years ago in Asia and also many recent studies (western world) as an effective method to keep human being’s mind-body balanced and efficient. In many studies it is called to be of mindfulness (to be honest, i am still questioning the depth of mindfulness being studied)
In the Western world, even though tai chi and yoga have been widely introduced and applied, we have hardly seen such arts being diffused and taught by linking the philosophies of them in behind and the rationale of systematic body- mind works. It might be due to the lack of linking knowledge of philosophies, asian medicine science, sutras, and practical martial arts themselves. Therefore not surprisingly, many of the functions of such arts have been under measured, under-practiced and under-performed.
To myself, it has been a magic for many years since I studied and trained by a comprehensive set of Tai chi and yoga (knowledge). With joint interests, my another round of very exciting studies will be continuously cross-continental, with practitioners and scholars, start -ups and corporates, on discovering mind-body intervention (integrating philosophy, mind, and body, western and eastern medicine practices and philosophies) and balance with our partners from USA, Europe, and Asia.
The immediate research project will be with my partner, one of the world leading yoga masters, Ms. Sheena Patel, to launch an uniquely integrative program of mind-body intervention and balance through MindBodyIntervention Institute. We have been working very hard in the past year to study and design such a program to take three key elements from two arts (taichi and yoga) in terms of philosophy/spirit, mind, body motions into the study/training system, in order to help our stakeholders to self-diagnose, self-cure, self-improve, and self further being prosperous.
Surely more interesting results will be emerged but I would boldly predict that there might not be much significant deviation from what our yoga and tai chi ancestors clearly proposed in all sorts of sutras. Different time-beings are upheld, however the same treasure of wisdom will be shared, despite of time beings.
By Dr. ZHANG Ying, Jan. 10th. 2017
ZPA Mind Body Intervention Program is designed according to the principle of nature in its harmonious balance, especially from the characters of water. Taking water as reference, it is impressed that nothing is soft or weak forever, same as nothing can be strong forever. Water, taking advantages of its strongest softness, is able to absorb and conquer all the hardness and strongest. If taking the dummy of time beings, water is also the purest, strongest, and finest creature in this universe. Its nature is used as one of our program's theoretical foundations.
Speaking of Water's nature, nothing is said to be able to against water. Water and its nature & characters are incorporated into our program, in terms of being soft and being relaxed as the foundation and being connected between body and mind as the mechanism to
(1) refresh your body and mind in your inner world , and if necessary
(2) to protect from those seemingly-stronger matters from the outer world.
Learning from Water can rise our wisdom to manage self, manage relationship with others, and even manage a country, an organization, or /and a family. The art of it is to use the weakness and softness internalize hardness or the strongest, by linking and leveraging with others, and by working on an oneness with yin-yang discrimination. It is well-presented in one of our program sessions and functions also as changing a misfortune to a fortune. With water flows, you can feel your body and mind flows with the nature of you, and Yin-Yang alternates and integrates. It is in each of our posture and each step in it determined medication motion.
Being water, in a daily training, also means learning to detach and set up a self-mental system, emphasizes being mentally calm and physically relax, but being strong in will power and being consecutively self-featured slow, long, soft, and deep in each of breathing.
The mediation is always, and in you all the time, flowing within body and mind; being connected but seemingly never closely attached. This concept of detachment in connection of mediating motion is the magic. And it is able to bring a true oneness to yourself, completely and literally a naked yourself. Over years, this motion of mediation comes to one's mental peace, and guild a self-consciously positive mechanism. Drawing from the merit of Daoism (or spelled as Taoism) and Yin-Yang alternation and integration, there are a number of advices for daily mindfulness, as being water and as being self.
1. Detach the false ego from the true self.
2. Detach the mind from memories and hopes.
3. Learn to approach to desirelessness, the state of the perfection.
4. Believe in and practice egolessness to the state of contemplation
5. Believe in love and surrender yourself to yourself and kill the shadow. (Accept what you think of your imperfections in you if judged by others and be honest to it, to bravely retrain it to be the better nurturing with your positive mind.)
Mental peace is just there...
Water-description can be seen in Daoism--chapter 78
"Nothing is as soft and weak as water, but none beats water in winning against the hard and strong, for water is irreplaceable.
The weak defeats the strong and the soft defeats the hard;
Everyone knows it yet no one acts by the fact.
Speaking of managing a country, Daoism Stresses that:
"Who can bear humiliation for the people can own the state;
Who can endure misfortune for the state can be king."
By Sheena Patel on Friday, March 10, 2017
MBPI - Mind Body Program Intervention techniques are curated for today's modern environment. The techniques have been reworked from India's Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and China's The Way (Taoism) to help individuals approach each situation in life with the right solution.
1) Start acting, not reacting - When we are approached by a difficult circumstance or situation the immediate response is to react. Reaction can lead to intensifying hurt feelings within ourselves, a more explosive experience and ultimately the wrong action. Allow yourself to realign with your goal and then act towards the goal rather than getting caught up in the moment.
2) Give yourself some time - Often times we feel like we need to give an experience an answer right away. Often when we make rash decisions without thinking about the bigger picture we might make the wrong decision for ourselves. Always allow yourself to take some time before making any decisions.
3) Take care of yourself - When you take more care of yourself your senses become more aware, more acute, more finesse. When our mind has sharpened we are able to make decisions with more mental focus and one is able to cultivate the right solution for themselves and everyone around.
For our upcoming book on Control Your Thoughts, Control Your World, we are surveying leaders on various aspects of the work and life experiences. If you are in a leadership role, and would like to participate we would love to hear from you.