Meditation Point #36

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Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.
— Howard Cutler.

Meditation Point #35

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One can travel this world and see nothing. To achieve inderstanding it is necessary not to see many things, but to look hard at what you do see.
Giorgio Morandi

Basically the real journey is within…all that is outward is a tool for our inner journey.

Meditation Point #34

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On the day you are born, you begin to die. Do not waste a single moment more.
— Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

This is not meant as a justification to rush through your life focused only on your goals or perceived purpose as many might take it. We’ve all met people like that, to busy for anyone. No this is really saying cherish each moment…stop and smell the roses. But most of all don’t waste you life on petty, meaningless things. Meaningless can mean different things to different people however that doesn’t mean you are correct! …what?! We like to fool ourselves, we like to wrap ourselves in the blanket of our ego so we can feel important that our life means something or so that we feel like part of something. News flash…no matter how good you are, you’re replaceable. Be true to yourself and start by improving life with a smile and a kind word, the rest will follow. And remember we don’t have to be ‘part of something’ to give life meaning…we are all part of something great already…life and the human race!

Meditation Point #33

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You are lost the instant you know what the result will be!
— Juan Gris.

This reminds me of one of my favorite movie scenes in The Replacements when they talk about quicksand. Slightly different twist but same meaning. It is similar to what I tell me students, if you think about walking down the stairs you will trip (disclaimer: trying this may result in serious of lethal injury, so do not! You have been warned!). Seriously thinking about walking will even trip you up, not walking in general but how you do it. It is a natural almost motor act and if you think about it it messes up the ‘natural’ flow. I know there is a much deeper Zen meaning here but I’m a practical guy and I don’t like to trip when I’m walking!! So the next time you know what the result will be (especially in the sparring ring)…STOP, look away and whatever you do don’t think!

Meditation Point #32

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Life is not about finding yourself,
Life is about creating yourself!
— Unknown

There is to much truth here to comment on…think about it!

Meditation Point #31

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If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.
— Yogi Berra

Meditation Point #30

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The real miracle is not to walk on water or thin air but to walk on the Earth!!
— Thich Nhat Hanh

How true this seems some days, more so each day!

Meditation Point #29

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I am what is around me.
— Wallace Stevens

This seemed to be an appropriate quote given yesterday’s post.

Meditation Point #28

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There is no reality except the one contained within us.
That is why so many people live such an unreal life.
They take the images outside of them for reality and
never allow the world within to assert itself.
Hermann Hesse

This is an interesting quote which I fear most people will not understand, even if it is explained to them! This is true because people do not like to be introspective. Very few people can define themselves, whether in high school or college they feel lost in the masses, not sure of who they are or want to be. This lack of self-confidence and awareness leads to a multitude of sins, most of all the sin of being a follower, one easily led by others. Those who do not buckle to peer pressure typically know who they are and are not looking for group or societal recognition. The next time you go to the Mall (at least in the Northeast) you will see the lost masses, the people who constantly look outward to establish their identity. The body piercing, mutilations, tattoos, and general presentation of people screams of their desire to define themselves as different or to call attention to themselves. There are few exceptions to this rule. I see this as an increasing trend in the martial arts. Look at most tournament posters or ads, predominantly represented is a figure tattooed and tough looking. To me this is no different then watching a prison fight with some added skills. Why do prisoners get tattoos? They do it for one of two reasons, to define themselves thereby affiliating themselves to a group or to make themselves look tough and scary so others will leave them alone. The same can be said for most civilians. I know I will receive a lot of hate mail over this, but bear in mind I don’t care if you have tattoos or body modifications or not. I am not saying there is anything wrong with these things, I am merely observing the culture and mindset surrounding these activities in relation to today’s meditation point. Think of it this way, in the Martial Arts we are supposed to maintain the element of surprise, this is the martial way. How can we surprise our enemy if we display our affiliations all over our body? Who is the more difficult opponent to stand against, one with a dragon tattooed across his chest/arm with several piercing or one with no markings or piercing (“clean cut”)? Which opponent tells you more about themselves by their appearance? Which leaves you wondering what they know and what to expect next?

Meditation Point #27

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Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile is the source of your joy!
— Thich Nhat Hahn

We can extend this saying, Sometimes someone elses smile is the source of your joy,
but sometimes your smile is the source of someone else’s joy!
…Remember this as you greet others today and always.