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Myung Sung and the Korean art of living meditation

Myung Sung and the Korean art of living meditation

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​​Imagine if all your struggles in life (in work, marriage, parenting, health, and more) could become less complicated. What if you could achieve a new level of awareness? Could you see yourself, others, and your path in life more clearly? What if you could change your habits? Investing in your longevity, happiness, and optimal health every day. While it may sound too good to be true. It certainly won’t happen overnight, this is what Myung Sung ® teaches us.

Myung Sung and its application

Myung Sung is Living Meditation®. A lifestyle practice and mindset that originated with East Asian philosophers and is rooted in the teachings of the Tao, or the way of the universe. It has been passed down for centuries. It helped people learn how to place themselves beyond the persisting negative influences in life, such as stress and conflict. Furthermore, to connect with the limitless reserves of natural energy that exist around us.

As the daughter of a Korean monk, Myung Sung Living Meditation is a way of life for me.

It has helped me grow my own business, raise a family, cultivate good relationships, and achieve my lifelong writing goal.  In my opinion, the best way to learn about Myung Sung is with the 3 Ms— meditation, medicine, and movement. I explore the best way to apply Myung Sung through The 8 Keys in my book.

Meditation

When most people think of meditation, they picture someone sitting still in complete silence. With Myung Sung, this is not the case. Instead of taking time away from our busy lives, we incorporate the techniques of meditation and mindfulness into every action we take. We learn to clear our minds of wandering thoughts and tap into deeper peace.

When we live in this meditative mindset, we are more in tune with ourselves and the world around us. We’re able to see situations from the perspective of others and think through our decisions more carefully. We can deepen our relationships and gain a new depth of self-knowledge and understanding. As your way of thinking changes, you’ll begin to notice an impact on your life.

It’s important to remember, though, that our minds are connected to our bodies, spirit, and the universe, so you must take care of your whole self to live in meditation.

Medicine

When ancient Eastern practitioners spoke about medicine, they did not only mean what you consume when you’re sick or injured. It shared how you can care for your body every day to ensure it is functioning at its most optimal.

As we begin to live more mindfully, we become more aware of our condition. We then make better choices to improve our health. To become the best versions of ourselves, we need to listen to our bodies and provide them with the support and nourishment they need. Natural foods, especially herbs, mushrooms, and vegetables, are packed with nutrients, adaptogens, and antioxidants, that help fuel our bodies and minds with what we need to thrive. 

Movement

In Myung Sung, the freedom to move while you meditate is not just an accommodation for our busy lives but a vital element of the practice. When we are mindful of our movements, even during everyday tasks such as washing the dishes, we become more aware of how our actions affect our minds. Creating a stronger mind-body connection also helps us learn to feel the natural energy within us, our chi, and the flow of the universe around us.

When we are stressed, we can feel our chi (or “vital energy”) become stagnant. We often notice this when our thinking becomes sluggish and foggy, our muscles feel tight and tense, or we feel drained, unmotivated and uptight.

Like meditation, view movement as an activity you partake in when you have the time but as a critical part of your lifestyle. While going to the gym works for some people, you can also incorporate short bursts of movement throughout your day. Alternatively, meet with friends to walk after work to prevent your chi from becoming imbalanced.

These three elements (meditation, medicine, and movement) are the pillars of Myung Sung because they connect us back to the universe and our true selves. 

With Myung Sung, we carry the peace and clarity of meditation with us in every moment to become the best versions of ourselves.


You can find out more about the 8 Keys in Dr Jenelle Kim’s book, Myung Sung: The Korean Art of Living Meditation which is available now at watkinspublishing.com and at all good bookstores. You can find out more about Dr Jenelle Kim on her website.