修行

There’s something about the way of life in the older generations. I like watching all forms of martial art and it’s hard to come by TV shows that document, introduce, interact with the remaining traditional Kung Fu masters in Hong Kong. I appreciate all the work behind this show ‘修行‘ (ended today) in total of 13 episodes, 13 weeks of enlightenment. The phase ‘修行’ means practice with mind, body and soul. You just wouldn’t believe how many types of kung fu here in Hong Kong. The masters (a.k.a. Si fu) were taught by the grandmasters from the previous generations brought until this day and still active and mentoring in their 60s, 70s. They all have a root, principle, history, background. Sadly, the society has changed so much. Kung fu was used as self-defense, body/mind training back then. As many masters have mentioned in the show, it’s a world different world they live in now. Students can hardly become disciples. Fewer people are coming in regularly because of the modern city life. And I’m seeing this as part of our rich cultural heritage fading away.

I found the phase ‘修行’ so helpful in me. Continual practice of my mind and soul is truly a way of ease off pressure in me. Practice requires body relaxation, calmness in mind, focus in will, openness to possibilities. I hope I got the words right. It has to be done daily no matter how busy you are. Think of it as a routine, like how we recharge and repair our body from sleeps. There’s not a goal but to continue achieving the next height. Just like a circle, a wheel, building power from within. There’s not a degree you could measure, until you feel your mind is lifted. It’s how I look at it.

This is so useful in applying this way of thinking. I just can’t recall when I do not feel worried or doubted. It seems like I’m carrying the same burden everyday without realizing what it’d done to me.

P.S.
— Excited to announce there’s a joint exhibition at the K11 Art Mall in Hong Kong presented by K11 & the Master Kong Society. It’s happening now until 3 Feb, 2015. Two of my mobile images can be found somewhere at the mall. My hint for you is, at least 30 inches on the longer side. I’ll be there to find out!

Info here: Scenes of the City – K11

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3 thoughts on “修行

  1. Mind and body training and connection sounds like a cliche …until you have lost it and realized the consequence. Don’t worry about how the society has changed – there is always a place for mindfulness training.

    1. Sadly there’s not a way to reverse to what’s been done. Many many things got lost from generations. Perhaps life’s really better at present. It takes only seconds to destroy what’s been developed from the past.

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