The Tao of Solo Training

22 03 2013

Solo training – Mexico

 
We have been here for awhile now. I am getting into my groove I guess one could say. One of the things on my list to do when retired was work on my Arts and development them. So far I have gotten my discipline started with morning practice. It sounds easy enough one would think having been at this so long. However not working, not teaching, puts a different light on getting up and getting out daily. It is a different type of discipline needed, to set the habit. I belive that doing my morning meditation consistantly has helped with being able to getup and get out. Having done so many years of Kung Fu helps my discipline of doing my meditation everyday. They support each other, as they are part of the same thing.
 
I have been doing the first Zazen once I get up and I am pretty much awake. Sometimes I get right to it, other times I log on to FB to fed my on-line habit, then meditate. Generally it is 20 min, I am finding that goes by surpringly soon these days. I can recall when 10 min was a struggle. I have sat for as long as an hour in retreats without too much trouble…”too much” being the key word. It is work, but doable. I should add another 5 min to the morning but, that is really only part A , so I feel it is ok at 20 min for now.  I have been doing a second Zazen after motion Chan, (kung fu taichi), outside next to the bay here.
 
 
 This one I have no idea how long, it maybe 10-20 min. I do not keep a timer for that. This second one is not to get my quota in, it is just for the pleasure of sitting. I find the energy is different and more filling outside next to the water, hearing the birds, feeling the air, the chi of the world, than even sitting on the boat, which is contained. Maybe it is all on my mind just because the motivation is different for this session. 
 
I have changed from my orginal practice spot. A developed area were if I do not get there early tends to get a lot of foot traffic.
 
 
 
Now to a quiet place over in a corner of a kids playground. It is out of the main flow of foot traffic and eyes. As long as I get there fairly early I am in a quiet spot, alone. Under a shade tree, with hard sandy ground under foot.  It does not have the ambiance of the other spot but it is secluded, yet I can see everything the same including the bay, with the addition of the park. The vice is good that is important! Again early is the key for a undisturbed motion Chan practice.
 
 
 
So far the rouine has been Ba Lum Gum ( 8 silken movements) Chi Gung, Chen 36 ( relearning not having practiced enough), Yang 24 or Tai Chi palm ( Tai Chi Mantis Tai Chi), varying with the day. Finshing up until this week with Hsing Yi. I have started ths week adding a bowless 2 kyudo shots to the end of the session. Standing form, really trying to be mindful of the internal aspects of the draw, the form , the breath. The next expansion of the training session will be adding a jhin (sword) form and a Mantis set. I need to reconstruct my memory banks on my favorite advance set, Lan Jie. I am so glad I got to tape my Shixong doing some things. Although Lanjie is done so fast it is hard to follow. Anyway it gives me good reference for now and later once in Japan.
 
 
Usally the rest of my day is spent on the boat doing misc chores to make ready for the next leg or computer stuff, research, or reading one of the many books I need to consume. Equipment manuals, Japanese, Kyudohon, on occation I even get a chance to play some of my instruments, 
 
and remember I am still a musician. All parts of solo training my arts. Sometimes I get so wrapped in the other stuff I have to force myself to be still and play. That is part of my nature to be focus , intense on what I am doing. Lost in the moment could be another way of looking at it.
 

I just finished reading a book by Victor Wooten, call the “Music Lesson, Spiritual search for Growth through music” an amazing book. I have new respect for him, besides his musical talent. It was like Carlos Castenada on music instead of Peyote. 

I think the biggest training and hardest is my mind and spirit. Which all of the other things encompass, hmmm that should be encompasses all the other things. Staying in the moment, trusting the Tao and not getting lost in the thoughts of, this is nice, but we have so little money. That is really the hardest part of all of this solo training. The spirtual training pracitce of trusting the Tao. My Chan sister was so correct in saying this is more than a sailing journey, it is a Spiritual Journey as well. Part of that spiritual solo training is trust in the Tao to provide. 
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Cabo, Mexico…a mini vacation

27 04 2012

As I start this post my attitude is 360 degrees different from day one when we arrived. Then I was in a foul mood!

When we got to the entry point the one custom’s line was long an slow, ok not a big deal that is to be expected.

LZ went to check on the car but forgot the conformation number. After much hassle she finally found who she had rented from. We finally made it through customs and headed to find our car. That is when the real downer started. We got the sales pitch at least four times for something or another. Check out a new hotel, timeshare…  At first I was patience then, I figured out what was happening and grew less patience with each confrontation. I thought once we finally made it to the rental dealer it was over. Wrong ! There we were told about yet another deal that could get us the car insurance for 20.00 instead of paying the 200.00 plus money for full coverage  because the coverage we had was only a reimbursement coverage. Sigh ok I was tired by now and agreed to the 90 min presentation which included breakfast. It did not seem to bad. I thought I was done. Wrong ! When we got to the hotel and checked in I was told by some other person many of these people are not what they seem. If we cancelled she could coverage the insurance cost with 200.00 cash …
Now I’m really in a foul mood. I was told by the guy at the car rental that if I cancel because of the story the woman at the hotel would give me I would have to pay full price .

I decided to ride it out…

The room is nice, but LZ complained to the desk that it was not what she was told. They moved us to another floor with a better view. I just wanted to settle in, but the room was more airy.

The presentation was ok it was a very nice time share plan and if conditions were different for us I would have went for it.

The presentation went for longer than the 90 minutes but that was not a big deal because we had breakfast and LZ was enjoying dreaming. What ground on my nerves was the guy would not take no for an answer after over and hour of saying no I had finally calmly say. To the effect of my other job is teaching KungFu and you are really really trying my control and patience. That ended the talk.

My mood improved once that was over! That Evening we went out to dinner at some local place LZ want to try …she wanted to try the lobster. Here lobster is pretty common not expensive at all.

Dinner was good and we got to see some of what night life was like in downtown Cabo. For a small place it was pretty lively. Over all I was not impressed and saw no need to stop here again on the way to Japan .

Other than some things LZ wanted to see on the following day I planned on staying on the hotel grounds.

Day two

We slept In the next day and headed out late morning. There was a Tequila shop I wanted to stop in. We went there and LZ was delighted with the specialty store. We purchased some things for us and omeyage for Japan then went for a walk around a bit. I had seen a leather bag shop I wanted to visit. There I got a waist bag and a shoulder bag for my iPad for at a good price. I was feeling much better by this time. We picked up lunch local and had a good meal … Cheap.


Afterward we stopped at a couple of places LZ wanted to see before heading back to the hotel for the evening and relaxing with the jacuzzi. I am starting to get chilled now.

Day three

We had breakfast on the grounds an all you can eat special on a roof top diner.


As I write this we just finished lunch at happy hour. We had a light lunch and are kicking it on a couple of hammocks next to the beach.


Afterward I had a shower, checked emails , Facebook, read some, then a nap.

Other than a few folks stopping to ask if we want some jewelry or something here on the grounds in the hammock  it is peaceful, I have the vacation feeling program running on high now.

All in all other than the sales badgering it was a good inexpensive trip. All the natives we encountered were nice, aside from the husslers.
Would I go back hmmm questionable. Docking there is expensive, nothing to really see, so that would take some consideration. It would be nice to meet-up with Mari-chan but she will be a ways away in San Carlos. So we’ll see because nothing else has a draw for me there. Mexican food is Mexican food, Encinada or Cabo and I like a lot of greenery, being a tropical rainforest kind of guy. I hear that San Jose del Cabo is more laid back, cheaper marina fees, not too far from San Lucas.

That maybe a better stop over before making the big jump.