However, this is different from the Chinese word "sung" which has been translated rather simplistically as relaxation.
So let's explore the concept of "sung" (pronunciation sooong)…
Sung means to empty completely both mentally and physically - releasing any tension in the mind and body. It implies a state of calmness, emptiness and readiness. It also suggests a state of flowing without any hindrances.
This concept is far reaching and gives us a goal to head towards
- releasing all accumulated stress and accepting the impermanency of life as we flow with it
- releasing all physical tension in the muscles, tendons and ligaments in all parts of the body.
We begin the work of "sung" in class as we discover and discard our habitual responses to learning the forms and locate and release tensions in our body. As you get cluey doing this, you realise that these are linked - if you let go of stress, tension will immediately disappear from the body.
As the tensions disappear, integration of mind-body-spirit occurs leading to unified movement, intention and inner strength - that is the true meaning of power.
In the world of massage, therapists know that the "issues" are held in the tissues and can physically feel them in the body. Sung would then imply that we let go of every injury we have ever received, every experience that grated and caused us stress. Watch how a big cat moves to see sung in action!