As I look around and study the universe, I notice it is in a constant motion! Who supplies all that energy to the universe? From the tiniest atoms, to the largest galaxies, everything is in motion with electrical, chemical or gravimetric energy. Energy permeates everything, including our bodies. So the question is, with the price of fuel currently, how can I have more energy and more power to accomplish the things that I am here on this planet in motion to accomplish?
Due to a struggle that I had with Chronic Fatigue years ago I read all I can about physical energy. What my research has revealed is that relaxation plays a large part in the energy process. I am not talking about being a couch potato. What I am speaking of is the release of muscle tension in the body. It seems relaxation plays a vital role, not only in health and longevity, but also in vitality (energy and well being)! Relaxation also plays a vital role in energy dispersion (power)! These are some of the things that draw people to study the softer parts of martial arts. So let us look at why and how energy and relaxation work together.
Notice how relaxed the swing of a great golfer or a great batter is. They make it look so easy! That is because the power swing, is an easy relaxed swing that projects great power on the ball. Look at Lorena Ochoa right now, she is a little tiny thing, yet she can drive the golf ball just as far as pro golfers much bigger and more powerful. It is because the power is not in the body weight or size of the swinger. Look at Bruce Lee; he was a powerful man very slight of stature.
Here in the middle of baseball season if you notice a batter trying, or if you are out there batting yourself and you try to slam the ball into a home-run, nine times out of 10 you will miss the ball completely or hit it off center. This is because of muscle tension and the anticipation of crushing the ball. Relaxed power is more power. Some of our martial arts training is geared to accomplish relaxation, peace and harmony.
Sometimes we are tempted to take less seriously this portion of our training. I see students doing less than their best on things like stretching and breathing exercises. Just as in the example above, in the long run, this will limit us in precisely the areas we want to develop, power and strength. Isaiah 40: 29-31 says, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
I have narrowed down seven ways to focus on relaxation to increase our personal power quotient. 1. Practice slow, deep breathing techniques. 2. Practice some form of exercise daily. 3. Practice renewing your mind. 4. Practice prayer and meditation 5. Practice silence 6. Practice surrender of negative emotions. 7. Plan your work and work your plan.
More on these things will follow in Part 2