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    【 專欄四  觀.行.錄    



文/莫仁維  譯者/張尊堡


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Daoyin is a meticulously designed sequences of movements that help us unwind from a week of hard work and find the holistic integrated whole. It can take years of devotion, determination, and an attitude of calmness and regularity (平常心) to learn Daoyin. Drawing on my personal experiences, I share the following fundamental factors on how to learn, to help us in this process of body-mind-soul cultivation.  


“Further” learning requires learning the basics of learning

Most of us pursuing the art of Daoyin may find it challenging to learn this art. Daoyin itself is not difficult to learn, it is merely a form of art that awakens the senses and body mechanisms that have been inherited in us, long forgotten and ignored throughout our years of education.  Since we are not provided an opportunity to discover these mechanisms in our educational system, therefore it seems hard for us.  In the Daoyin practices, we are actually awakening the self-awareness and self-dialogue to realize these mechanisms.  Hence we are actually relearning how to learn!  We actually are learning to see how we have been approaching learning!   


Trust (Belief) and Faith 

Daoyin is a set of exercises that can be part of our daily lifestyle.  With today’s fast pace and volatile environment, we are often busily engaged with endless meetings, managing multifaceted information coming in from social media, emails and SMS.  More often than not, our body is straining to cope with these information bombardments.  For example, we are often attached to our mobile phones, which we hold onto for hours daily, creating strain on the elbow, which in turn causes tension on the shoulder and hence contributes to the stiffness of the neck.  For those who have been doing Daoyin may come to realize that with the various types of elongated and contracting spiraling movements, we can help release the tensions built up on the arms, shoulders and to the neck, hence bringing relief to our bodies.  This in turn should reinforce the original belief that Daoyin can help us unwind the tensions built up.  This trust/belief will nurture the necessary faith to pursue the form of art.   


Commitment, Determination, Persistence

Cultivating through Daoyin requires multiple practices to let our body “memorize and learn.”  Multiple practices are often disrupted by other arranged activities, be it work or family-related matters and other leisure activities.  For those who have practiced Daoyin, we would have noticed that if we stop practicing for over two weeks, our body actually becomes stiff and “forgets” the movements.  To understand and unwind, we need to train the body movements through multiple practices.  Only by multiple practices would we be able to develop the muscles necessary and the space needed in the body.  Our body is an organic living being.  Anything that lives has its own pace of change.  We need to get accustomed to the real nature of our body mechanisms.  To do so will require our own commitment to preserve time for practices and persist on a regular basis and be determined to do so.  After all, it is you who can organize time wisely.   Through these multiple practices, we cultivate the real strengths of commitment, determination and persistence.  In times of challenges, the cultivated determination, persistence and commitment will help us face difficulties and overcome them. 


Patience and 平常心 an attitude of Calmness and Regularity

When we do Daoyin, we don’t pursue a goal of accomplishment and we don’t look for short-term gains.  The body needs time to relearn, to get accustomed to new forms of movements.  Daoyin is an art form and a lifestyle that accompanies us throughout the adventures in our lives.  Each person has her or his learning path and level of understanding.  It takes patience and an attitude of calmness and regularity to learn.  We learn steadily and slowly, with no preset (expected) standards and goals.


Focus and be there at the moment

For most people, we can only do Daoyin once or twice a week.  When we come into the studio, some of us may actually not be there, meaning our physical body is there but our mind and heart may not.  Some of us may be easily distracted with worries regarding work or any other matters.   But why don’t we give ourselves only 2 – 4 hours per week to be with ourselves?  It is through the multiple practices during those few hours that we are relearning how to stay focused and put our awareness back on the body and be there “at the moment.”  We learn only “at the moment” of being there.  


Courage - not being afraid of pain and challenges 

Practicing Daoyin also helps us build the courage needed to face challenges, try new things that are beyond our comfort zone, as well as confront difficulties and overcome the toughness and pain during the process.  With courage, we will not be afraid of failures, as failures are ways opportunities for us to learn about ourselves and pursue improvement.  With courage, we will have the strength to experiment with new things that are beyond our comfort zones.  By trying, we may discover the untapped potentials within ourselves.  Go and unveil the true you.


Learning by experiencing and feeling through our actions

In Daoyin, the way we learn is not by memorization of theories, instead, we learn by actual practices without any presumptions, only with the focus on experiencing the feeling of our feelings. The first stage of Daoyin is training the awareness of our self-awareness skills and kickstarting the ability to self-dialogue.      


Daoyin as Lifestyle

Daoyin is just a set of movements that revives the natural body mechanisms that have been forgotten.  As we first do Daoyin, we will experience the importance of faith, commitment, determination, persistence, courage, focus and learning by doing.  These are the fundamental skill sets for us to learn how to learn.   Over time, when these skill sets are nurtured to a certain degree, we will be ready to do further learning by unlearning what we have learned and thus relearn what we are learning.   To be continued…





















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