Cheng Hsin and how to relax under fire

book cover of "Cheng Hsin: The Principles of Effortless Power" by Peter RalstonEffortless power – what would you do with it? Spice up your cooking skills, strengthen your conversation methods, boost your office work, enlighten your education or build a foundation for martial arts?

A while back I wrote about the book Zen Body-Being by Peter Ralston. By Peter’s suggestion, I red Cheng Hsin: The Principles of Effortless Power. So what is Cheng Hsin?

The Chinese characters cheng and hsin (pronounced “cheng shin”) offer us images which communicate the nature of “truth” and “being” — an appropriate title for a body of work that involves increasing consciousness on all levels of “being.”

Human beings tend to see and feel things separate of each other. Let’s do a short recall: where do we physically come from, who delivers our food, where does gravity pull us to – you might have guessed it, the Earth. It would be even logical to Mr. Spock to increase the focus on our connection between our body center and the Earth. If we allow our body position/ our spine to “fall” properly along gravity, we save energy and reduce stress.

A relaxed body and mind will give suitable answers to situations, while a uptight body and disturbed mind can only react.  The book will help you to find and keep your balance, to explore the core of your center and to encourage you to empty yourself. Imagine – an empty you, a relaxed mind, an open and free heart – suddenly, there’s nothing to protect… So if you are in danger or under fire, move! (… and get the book)

Amazon.com Cheng Hsin: Principles of Effortless Power

UPDATE: I wrote Peter Ralston an email about this blog post and asked him to optimize the content if needed. Here’s another friendly reply of him:

Chris,

Thanks for the mention. Looks fine. It occurs to me from what you say and looking at your blog that you might be interested in what I consider my real work (what allowed the body-being and effortless power to emerge as they did) and that’s to be found in The Book of Not Knowing. I didn’t know you were interested in Zen and such, but it figures. This book is a big undertaking, and represents my life-work, but you can get a lot from simply the first few chapters. I think you might find it beneficial.
Be well,
Peter

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Mühelose Kraft – was würdest du damit tun? Deine Kochkünste würzen, deine Konversationsmethoden stärken, deine Büroarbeit steigern, deine Ausbildung erleuchten oder ein Fundament für Kampfsport bauen?

Vor einer Weile schrieb ich über das Buch Zen Body-Being von Peter Ralston. Aufgrund der Empfehlung von Peter, habe ich nun Cheng Hsin: Die Prinzipien müheloser Stärke gelesen. Also was ist Cheng Hsin?

The Chinese characters cheng and hsin (pronounced “cheng shin”) offer us images which communicate the nature of “truth” and “being” — an appropriate title for a body of work that involves increasing consciousness on all levels of “being.”

Menschliche Wesen tendieren dazu, Dinge getrennt voneinander zu sehen und zu fühlen. Rufen wir uns kurz in Erinnerung: woher kommen wir physisch, wer liefert unsere Nahrung, wohin zieht uns die Gravitation – du hast es vielleicht schon erraten, die Erde. Es wäre selbst für Herrn Spock logisch, den Fokus auf unsere Verbindung zwischen unserem Körperzentrum und der Erde zu vergrössern. Wenn wir unserer Körperhaltung/ unserer Wirbelsäule erlauben, entlang der Schwerkraft richtig zu “fallen”, sparen wir Energie und reduzieren Stress.

Ein entspannter Körper und Verstand wird auf Situationen angemessene Antworten geben, während ein angespannter Körper und verwirrter Verstand nur reagieren kann. Das Buch wird dir dabei helfen, deine Balance zu finden und zu halten, den Kern deines Zentrums zu erkunden und dich dazu ermutigen, dein Selbst zu leeren. Stell dir mal vor – ein leeres Du, ein entspannter Verstand, ein offenes und freies Herz – plötzlich ist da nichts mehr, das es zu schützen gibt… Solltest du in Gefahr oder under fire sein, beweg dich! (… und hohl dir das Buch)

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