Meditation Point #26

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Nothing is worth more than this day.
— Goethe

It is hard to argue with this even though we often get caught up in problems of the past or hopes and fears of the future. In the Martial Arts our training should help us to live in the moment, to enjoy and savor each second. As we train we should learn to absorb every facet of the moment, in doing this we increase our situational awareness and there is little time for thoughts of the past or future!

A word from Bruce…

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Bruce Lee
Can’t add much to that!

Meditation Point #25

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When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. — Japanese Proverb

This another way of saying Actions speak louder then words. Think about it, who do you hang with? And what does that say about you?

Meditation Point #24

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There are two Japanese proverbs that I want to share that help me when I am training or facing some difficult or painful task. The first thing I always find myself repeating is “This too shall pass“. This of course is not a Japanese proverb but is an important introduction (in my way of thinking πŸ˜‰ ). If you think about this phrase and the simple truth it holds it may help when you least expect it.

The two Japanese proverbs are Beginning is easy – Continuing is hard. and Fall seven times, stand up eight. When we train we must keep these in mind or we will never conquer ourselves and thus never attain anything of worth in this life. I was going to say more but I think that about sums it up. Think about it and keep on training!

Reputation and Character

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REPUTATION AND CHARACTER
The circumstances amid which you live determine your reputation; the truth you believe determines your character.
Reputaion is what you are supposed to be; character is what you are.
Reputation is the photograph; character is the face.
Reputation comes over one from without; character grows up from within.
Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; character is what you have when you go away.
Your reputation is learned in an hour; your character does not come to light for a year.
Reputation is made in a moment; character is built in a lifetime.
Reputation grows like a mushroom; character grows like the oak.
A single newspaper report gives you your reputation; a life of toil gives you your character.
Reputation makes you rich or makes you poor; character makes you happy or makes you miserable.
Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone;
CHARACTER IS WHAT ANGELS SAY ABOUT YOU BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD.

William Hersey Davis
This leads me back to the words I was raised by and the words I teach all of my students…Sticks and Stones will break your Bones but Names will Never hurt you. Words can only hurt you if you let them.

Meditation Point #23

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Come back to square one, just the minimum bare bones. Relaxing with the present moment, relaxing with hopelessness, relaxing with death, not resisting the fact that thigs end, that things pass, that things have no lasting substance, that everything is changing all the time — that is the basic message.
Pema Chodron

Meditation Point #22

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All of us are watchers — of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway — but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing.
Peter M. Leschak

Meditation Point #21

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It is like Archers. If they start out competing, they’ll never become marksmen. It is only long after practice, with no thought of winning or losing, that they can hit the target. Same with the study of the Way. If even a single thought of winning or losing appears, you will be chained by winning and losing.
— Ying-an

Take a minute and think about this one, there is an important lesson here. While on the surface it seems like we should have no goals that is not the case. The real message here is that we have to appreciate life. No one knows how long they will live or if they will even finish their current project so the importance should not be put on the end goal but the process, the task. If we attain the goal that is great, if we fail, great because even in our failures we suceed. It sounds corny, hell it sounds like the type of philosophy that a loser would adopt to explain away their failures!! While there are some people who use this thinking to explain away their failures they are easy to spot, they are the ones who have never suceeded at anything. This is sound advice. As you approach your next task or goal, seek not the ends but the means, it is here in the process from nothingness to perfection that we find joy in what we do.

Meditation Point #20

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Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.
— Anais Nin

I have posted this for a friend of mine who is fighting terminal cancer. He doesn’t capitlize cancer because he doesn’t want to show it that kind of respect! In all he is a courageous man, fighting a battle we all shudder to think of. When I read this I thought of him, his daily struggle and how our time and space in this life can be so effected by our actions and emotions. Courage is up there with Love, it is both an action and an emotion. So take a moment and think of those who are truely courageous, those who shoulder the burdens life presents them with and who keep on living!

Meditation Point #19

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Habit, laziness, and fear conspire to keep us comfortably within the familiar.
— Jane Hirshfield