- The Martial Way begins and ends with courtesy, therefore, be properly and genuinely courteous at all times.
- Following the Martial Way is like scaling a cliff – continue upwards without rest. It demands absolute and unfaltering devotion to the task at hand.
- Strive to seize the initiative in all things, all the time guarding against actions stemming from selfish animosity or thoughtlessness.
- Even for the Martial Artist, the place of money cannot be ignored, yet one should be careful never to become attached to it.
- The Martial Way is centred in posture. Strive to maintain correct posture at all times.
- The Martial Way begins with one thousand days and is mastered after ten thousand days of training.
- In the Martial Arts, introspection begets wisdom. Always see contemplation on your actions as an opportunity to improve.
- The nature and purpose of the Martial Way is universal. All selfish desires should be roasted in the tempering fires of hard training.
- The Martial Arts begins with a point and end in a circle. Straight lines stem from this principle.
- The true essence of the Martial Way can only be realized through experience. Knowing this, learn never to fear its demands.
- Always remember: In the Martial Arts the rewards of a confident and grateful heart are truly abundant.
Posts Tagged ‘Meditation’
The best way to fight evil is with small acts of kindness. — Gandlaf, The Hobbit
The actual quote is “…what I have found it is the small everyday deeds or ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay.” but I like my version better. And it holds true more often then we may like to consider.
It really is the little things in life that stay with us. A sunrise, a smile from a passing stranger, someone stopping so you can cross the street in the rain, a kind word, a display of common decency, all of these thing recognize us and connect us as human beings, as equals.
Let me know what you think…
A friend of mine is going through a very difficult time. It is hard watching someone deal with a crisis in their life when there isn’t a lot you can do for them but be there for them as a friend. I’ve been thinking about this fact for the past week and wondering if there was something else I could do, sadly there doesn’t seem to be. But maybe I can help them and others in a way by exploring my thoughts and feeling surrounding the word Crisis.
Our English word “crisis” comes from the Greek word krisis, which means “opportunity.”
No one wants to deal with a crisis in their life, it is never pleasant regardless of the cause. Crisis’s come in many different forms, those we cause ourselves and those that are thrust upon us. Some are the result of our own actions while others fault of our own. The form and the cause mean little when you are dealing with a crisis. When in crisis the only goal is to emerge from the crisis intact. I think that is where the “opportunity” part comes in that the Greek root speaks to. Many time we do not control any part of the crisis we are dealing with, what we do control is how we handle the crisis. How we handle (or deal with) a crisis is the where the opportunity comes in, because in dealing with a big or small crisis we have a chance to grow. A crisis can crush our self-worth and self-esteem, but it can equally impart a new belief in ourselves.
More to come…
“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, now will there be monuments created in our honor. This does not lessen our potential impact on the world and the people we share it with.
There are scores of people waiting for us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, and who will need our unique talents. Some one who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we have to give.”
While these are thoughts typically reserved for the Holiday’s it is important to think of them every day, in every season. The simple things in life, the smallest actions often have the biggest impact. Take a moment and pay attention to those around you, someone may just need a helping hand or kind word, who knows, you may find you feel better too.
“The tears I feel today
I’ll wait to shed tomorrow.
Though I’ll not sleep this night
Nor find surcease from sorrow.
My eyes must keep their sight:
I dare not be tear-blinded.
I must be free to talk
Not choked with grief, clear-minded.
My mouth cannot betray
The anguish that I know.
Yes, I’ll keep my tears til later:
But my grief will never go.“
– Anne McCaffrey (Dragonsinger)
Grief is something we all must deal with eventually. When I read any type of book I often find passages that provoke deeper thought, this is one example. Often in times of grief we must stay strong and deny ourselves the act of grieving until another day. But denied or not we still feel the grief. It is funny how extreme emotions can change us and stay with us forever, like love or grief…
Sitting quietly doing nothing,
Spring comes and the grass grows.
This is perhaps my favorite saying/quote mostly because of its simplicity. In these ten words the essence of life is put into perspective. Our worries, our stresses, all the little things we make important and all the things we want to do are put in perspective. We are insignificant in the grand scheme of things, nothing we do will make the Spring come sooner, it happens without us. Conversely anything we do will pass away as if it were never there with the passage of time. We are insignificant. As a matter of fact the more significant we think we are, the less significant we are. Significance indicates a desire for recognition. The desire for recognition is self-centered ego. We make ourselves the center of the Universe when nothing could be further from the truth.
What to do then? Do we simply sit and let the world pass through it’s natural cycles? We should sit quietly occasionally to keep things in perspective, however that isn’t realistic for everyday practice, how would we eat, etc. No, this quote is only practical if you were the only person on the planet, even then your existence would be short lived. While this quote does point to a certain truth in life, it neglects the more abstract aspects of life. The interactions of life, with life. Our interactions with our fellow men (and women) our important, though if done correctly will also be soon forgotten but not soon erased. If we keep the world in perspective as the quote tries to point out our interactions with others will be based in kindness and selflessness. We will sleep peacefully at night and wake with anticipation of the day ahead. No agenda. Living in the world but not for the world. Living in peace with the fact that you do not chase smoke and dreams but bask in the glory of every moment whether good or bad understanding that no one truly has any more power over you than they do to make the Spring come earlier than it will.