In Martial Arts, you don’t overestimate your opponent, for your fear will defeat you before the battle begins. Neither do you underestimate your opponent, because by the time you realize the advantage of speed and timing…it’s too late…you lose. Both overestimation and underestimation are states of thought, and success can not be found in thought. Success lies in the stillness before thought, allowing response to the opponent to be the perfect one, Like a reflection on the water. This is the way of Martial Arts…and Martial Arts is the way of Life.
Be the Warrior
not the worrier.
Warriors are forged by the routines they keep
when no one is watching, no one is around.
A Warrior knows that it’s the balance of training
the body, the heart, the mind, and the soul;
practices that differ for every individual,
that forges their spirit.
We are born to find our unique facets, and never make apologies
for keeping them sharp;
and never wait for the applause.
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Everything needs its opposite to define itself.
Hot defines cold, high defines low.
All singularity exists in a binary state.
Polarity gives way to motion;
Nothing can escape this paradox, even paradox itself…
This truth…is also false.
We so often want things to change…people to be kinder, our work to be more appreciated, our wait to be shorter. Alan Watts once commented that Blood behaves differently in a test tube than in your veins, showing that “it” and its “environment” are connected, are one. If you want to change to happen, YOU change. It starts and ends with you. If you have any control in this life, it’s over your own reaction to your environment. Being mutually connected, if you change…your environment MUST. Maybe not in the way you planned, but that’s the exciting part. Your happiness starts and ends with you.
If the mind stays quiet, pliable, and non-attached to opinions, it can open up a wild, wondrous world, that was before, unseen…