Meditation in Motion – Tranquilblade:
Tranquility of mind is not domination of the mind but rather steering it in a desired direction. This is achieved by using exercises that challenge our perception of reality. These exercises are used in meditation and are also associated with a modern interpretation known as cognitive behavioural concepts.
“A treasure has no worth, if it is obtained without duress.
The value is not within the prize, but can be found within the quest”
Tranquil – A state of composer, serenity and calmness
Blade – The edge of a tool designed to perform a desired action
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Many people may find it awkward to meditate in a stationary position; after all trying to relax a restless body can often prove to be counterproductive to the desired task at hand. Meditation in motion is commonly associated with Yoga, Qi gong and Ti Chi. These arts assist by allowing the mind to rest on the physical activity of the forms being practiced by using visualization and breathing techniques.
These techniques ground a practitioner in the here and now. Tranquilblade is a prescription of motions and cognitive behavioural concepts combined. Tranquilblade amalgamates several sword forms common to the South East Asian archipelago (namely the Philippines) that lay claim to the heredity of Spanish sword masters and mobilizing exercises based on Persian club swinging as well as the aforementioned concepts of mediation in motion. As a caveat to my interpretation of several sword arts and codified physical prescription, I wish to inform you that I am merely a seasoned practitioner and lay no claim to represent a particular art. Furthermore, I instruct the amalgamated double sword forms and mobilization exercises in a manner that offers no combative application to the practitioner. However, my instruction is directed toward the Tranquilblade prescription only as a vehicle to develop the concept of meditation in motion. This concept of meditation in motion is greatly enhanced by using cognitive behavioural concepts. A participant plays a chosen role as they develop the Tranquilblade form, concentration and character are tested as internal and external realities are challenged by the use of the Torqueblades and the exercises of the Tranquilblade prescription.
The Torqueblades (sans Companion-blade) specific design enhances graceful movement by challenging grip, coordination and balance. Blades have been used in forms of meditation for millennia. Many a knight has held a vigil over his garb, armor and Blade.
Certain blades are embedded with spiritual significance. Throughout history there are stories of blades with magical powers such as:
Excalibur (Uthor Pendragon), Hrunting (Beowoulf), Kusanagi-no-tsurugi (Japanese God – Susanoo), Shashir-e Zomorrodnegar (King Slomon), Sword of Pelus (Greek mythology), Zulfigar (the sword Ali ibn Abu Talib the son in law of Muhammad and the model of Islamic Chivalry), Caladbolg (Fregus mac Rioch), Claimoh Solais (Sword of light – Belonged to Nuada leader of the Tuatha de Dannan) Sword of Freyr (faught on its own) the list is endless. With the blade come – responsibility, honour and respect. All qualities worth meditating on I am sure you will find.
To this day the significance of the blade is still an important one, for example in some cultures blades are presented to young people as a rite of passage into adulthood. The culture of the blade is still alive.