Voidness is that which stands right in the middle between this and that. The void is all-inclusive, having no opposite — there is nothing which it excludes or opposes. It is living void, because all forms come out of it and whoever realizes the void is filled with life and power and the love of all beings. Turn into a doll made of wood: it has no ego, it thinks nothing, it is not grasping or sticky. Let the body and limbs work themselves out in accordance with the discipline they have undergone. The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.
Lee, Bruce (1975-10-01). Tao of Jeet Kune Do (Kindle Locations 164-171). Ohara Publications, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
The gap, the space between you and your opponent. It is that gap where all the information about how to respond can be found. It is also this space between that is sometimes terrifying to occupy. It is unknown, it has no instructions and there is nothing to identify.
Seeing, feeling and occupying space take practice. A TON OF PRACTICE.
I’ve been practicing seeing space in my world for about a year now. I work with a coach to come up with drills I can do to increase my mental and emotional capacity. I am a large work in process and I find it a thrilling way to train and live my life. As a coach, I’m always looking to push myself so I can ask more of the boxers I work with.
Seeing space has been a valuable practice for me and I know it can do something for you. I first started with fences and trees. I practiced seeing the spaces in between the branches, and the spaces around the tree. I noticed an immediate calming affect……almost as if I retreated within myself. It was as if all my thoughts and movements were coming from the center of the inside of my body. When I practiced seeing this space when talking to people or sparring, it was easier for me to see body language cues and keep on noticing without staying too long to judge and assess.
During sparring, seeing space gave me time by slowing everything down in my perception. I could respond quicker and with more calculation. Seeing space and sitting in it connects you to the person on the other side. You know your true distance from them and you can feel their energetic intent before it reaches you physically.
All this benefit from a simple, yet difficult skill that only involves recognizing space, gaps, voids……whatever you want to call it……..
Try it out, see what you think and if you see any benefit to space.