How to Banish Bad Habits
Most of us develop techniques for coping with these and other stresses in our lives. Such techniques include smoking, alcohol, or sometimes even losing control of ourselves. We also ignore advice on food and diet. Some of our bad habits are described below, with reminders of how Zhan Zhuang can help.
Before you can avoid a mistake, you have to be able to recognize it. Experience is still the best educator but that in itself can hold back progress. Once you think you know all the answers, you stop the search. Along the way it's possible to pick up bad habits without realizing it. Any one of these mishaps can bring the best bodybuilder's progress to a screeching halt. By avoiding them, you can sidestep a multitude of pitfalls, plateaus and impediments. If you catch yourself slipping back into an old bad habit-- stop-- and tell yourself Don't do that It's better to not develop a bad habit than to try and break one -- both inside and outside the gym.
Taking care of yourself begins with careful maintenance of your biological engine. The common-sense advice that follows at the beginning of this chapter pays attention to your eating and drinking (the fuel), to your temperature (the regulation of internal heating), and to tension (which can so easily cause blockages in internal circulation). Some of the bad habits we fall into by adulthood and which harm our biological engines can be eased by the practice of Zhan Zhuang. These are described later in the chapter, on page 175 others are included to highlight the range of influences that can damage your health.
Many of us think we want to get rid of our bad habits, but then discover that the process of change is frightening and disorienting. Radical change can mean the loss of attitudes or habits that define us as we are. It can also mean the loss of relationships as people react badly or uneasily to how we are changing.
In a park in the Northeast China, I noticed that a group of pine trees had died. I did not know what sort of qigong some people were practising there. They rolled all over the ground, and then they gathered qi with their feet in one way and their hands in another. Soon afterwards the pine trees over there turned yellow, and then all died. Is what you have done a good deed or a wrong one Judging from the angle of our practitioners, that is killing lives. As a practitioner, you must be a good person, and gradually assimilate yourself with the cosmic qualities, as well as give up your bad habits. Even from the angle of an ordinary person, it was also not a good deed but it was damaging the public property, the afforestation and the ecological balance. It was not a good deed looking at it from any angle. There is plenty of qi in the universe, and you may collect it as much as you can. Some people are carrying great energy. After reaching a certain level, they can indeed collect the qi of...
Of all the throws in the Russian system of sombo wrestling these detailed herein are the ones that I most favour. Of course there are a lot more, but many of those left are identical - or very similar - to those in other wrestling styles. I have tried not to repeat the same throws as those detailed in the other books in this series. To make these throws work you have to make them your own with persistent and accurate practise. It is not practise that makes perfect as people are always telling us it is perfect practise that makes perfect. I once did thousands of outer reaping throws on a tree only to realise that I was doing it all wrong. This means starting all over again. Try to avoid this if you can. It'll save you many hours. Unlearning bad habits can be an arduous and very time-consuming task. When you do it wrong you become very good at a bad technique, then to get it right you have to take a backward step and relearn it right from the beginning. So take your time when you...
Use the early portion of each session to perfect your punching moves against a live target. Then, you can devote the latter portion of each session to defense. Follow that routine at each of your first ten sessions, at least. If you try spar too soon-before your defensive and countering movements are learned correctly-you may develop bad habits, careless moves. As you begin each defensive and countering movement with your partner, do it in slow motion a few times before speeding it up.
An individual who smokes, drinks excessively, uses drugs, is sexually overactive, has a poor diet, or leads a stressful lifestyle, and thinks he or she is going to balance those unhealthy habits by practicing qi gong can easily hurt themselves more than help themselves. First, the bad habits should be eliminated and then the body brought gently back to a healthy state through the practice of simple methods under the guidance of an experienced teacher. Only then should the student go forward with the earnest study and practice of qi gong.
While Fu Chen-Sung and his son were known for such feats as wielding very long, heavy swords and walking the circle with buckets of water dangling from their arms, Fu Yung-Hui's student Bow Sim Mark warns that these skills are not for beginners. Practicing these feats without first developing fundemental skills will only lead to the development of bad habits. 10
Discarding Negative Habits
I ought to change, but I've attempted and failed. Does this seem familiar? Frequently, altering habits does seem insurmountable. A lot of us merely don't have enough motivation to alter our habits all of our foul habits in a way that would really affect our life. We hold them tight as we view them as rewards. But your habits determine your life. Discarding Negative Habits Methods That Will Help You Deconstruct The Bad Habits Holding You Back.