Today we will be discussing with you how to use your mind as an anchor instead of an accelerant when processing thoughts through your day. The process is named Mu Shin.
Mu Shin means ‘Mind Without Mind,’ or the state of No Mind. Mu Shin is a state of spontaneity that allows immediate action without conscious thought. “Mu” means “emptiness.” The mind is empty in the sense that it is void of fear, anger, worries and various other preoccupations. The absence of these distractions creates the space for increased awareness and clarity. Mushin is often referred to as “the zone,” – a relaxed state of peak performance.
Have you ever seen anyone in the zone? If you look back at famous fighters such as Mike Tyson in his prime or Baseball and Football player, Bo Jackson who played professionally at both levels. You can see the zone. It is not a reflex, but an anchor point of being. Learning to do without doing is something that is spoken about in books such as the Tao of Jeet kun do as well as the Tao Te Ching. It is what we would define as being in the moment. It is the place where worries, fears, judgments, and strain often fall to the wayside.
I often refer to it as sitting in your back. Have you ever rested in the back of a cab, car, or another vehicle? You can see everything around you while maintaining your space. It is a place of peace for the most part from the front area which is often full of movement and chaos. Listen I know life can be a struggle. I have been there many of times and even been in the darkness of fear and pain with constant agony of what may happen. We are mammals after all, and often we get rushes of chemicals that we have a hard time controlling. They go towards depressive states due to stimulation of external systems, or they can also veer to the stimulation of those same operations and make us feel out of control.
Life will happen, but you have this hidden weapon inside of you that can be used to not only act but observe before the action.
In chapter 3 of the Tao Te Ching, we can see how learning this exercise can be expressed in our daily lives.
"By not adoring the worthy, people will not fall into dispute. By not valuing the hard to get objects, people will not become robbers. By not seeing the desires of lust, one’s heart will not be confused. Therefore the governing of the saint is to empty one’s mind, substantiate one’s virtue, weaken one’s worldly ambition and strengthen one’s essence. He lets the people be innocent of human knowledge and desire and keeps the clever ones from making trouble with their wits. Acts naturally without want, then everything will be accomplished in its natural order."
How can you use, Mu Shin this week? What situations can you let go of that have bound you to the rigors of strain and stress, so that you can be in the moment with your loved ones, your work, your passion and anything else that truly matters?
That is the question I want you to ponder as this week ends. Now, as many of you know I have been working on my new project for quite some time, and it will be released soon. My goal has always been to make an online wellness center that caters to using mindfulness in movement, mindset, and heart. Phase 2 of its creation is already complete. Next week you will be getting an e-mail of its grand opening, and you will be invited to join.
It is the first of its kind community-based system where you can submit questions without the time commitment of making appointments with me but will get the answers to the issues that you are struggling with, so you can keep moving forward. Look out for the announcement soon as well as the unique member coupon code; it will be my gift to you since you provide so much feedback on topics like these.
For now, keep flowing and much love.
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