Meditation Point #89

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A window of opportunity won’t open itself.
– – unknown
I got this little jewel of wisdom in a fortune cookie along with some Lucky numbers. Well the numbers didn’t turn out to be all that lucky for the lottery! But they did get me thinking about what the cookie said. Well not literally of course since cookies can’t talk! But how often do we sit around dreaming about success of some sort. If only I was rich, if only I was smart, if only I was strong, if only I was thin and the list goes on forever. If only conversations are usually the reason we are all those things! Now that isn’t completely fair but in the big picture it is true. If only is a statement of regret, regret kills. I remember another saying I heard once that has always stuck with me…No man is old until he knows regret…if only… Perhaps we should focus on the next small step we need to take to succeed and attain our goals. Perhaps in taking action we can change if only to I remember when! Now there is an element of luck to some if only’s and remember when’s but mostly there is action and forward movement. So open a window, do something and maybe tomorrow you’ll be a little bit richer, smarter, stronger, thinner… But don’t look for immediate results, give it some time and perhaps sooner then you think you’ll be saying I remember when…

Meditation Point #88

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A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.
– – Sun-Tzu, The Art of War. Strategic Assessments
Think sparring! This is probably one of the harder lessons for many students to learn, they must deceive their opponent to make an opening. Nothing is harder to do in real-time, then a good feint. SO practice, practice, practice and then practice some more. There is good news, the more comfortable you get in the sparring ring the easier this element of the game becomes.

Meditation Point #87

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The aspects of things most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.
– – Ludwig Wittgenstein
To put it another way, don’t take for granted the gifts you have been given. Let those closest to you know how you feel about them. Savor the food you eat as if it were your last meal. Smile like your eyes were blessed with sight after a lifetime of blindness. Get it?

Meditation Point #86

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The establishment of inner harmony is to be attained neither in the past nor in the future, but where the past and future meet, which is the now. When you have attained that point, neither future nor past, neither birth nor death, neither time nor space exist. It is that NOW which is liberation, which is perfect harmony, to which the men of the past and the men of the future must come.
– – R. H. Blyth
Harmony is something that most of us have had a glimpse of, a moment in time that is frozen without background noise or the normal static of life. Like a perfect sunset shared with your soul mate or in contented solitude. Harmony is not something that comes easily but it just happens. Harmony is one of life’s oxymoron’s in that we must work hard to attain it but it cannot be attained through hard work. Why is Harmony so difficult to attain? Because we are so often obsessed with what comes next or what went before. We obsess and dwell, we relive and second guess, all the while we miss the now. For only in the now can we find Harmony, we may reminisce about some tender memory but that is not Harmony, for harmony is a feeling, a perfection. And while we can reminisce about such things, Harmony is a feeling and a feeling remembered is a shadow and as such is hollow. So live in the NOW empty your mind and LIVE and in the living you may just feel at Harmony, you may just find perfection.

Meditation Point #85

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If your actions are sloppy, your understanding is sloppy, your life is sloppy, and everything is sloppy.
– – Taizan Maezumi

Meditation Point #84

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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
– – Buddha
Live today wisely for tomorrow is the unknown.

Meditation Point #83

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Some People
After the week I just had this struck me as true and funny. If you don’t find it funny you might be a slinky!!

Meditation Point #82

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The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.
– – Pablo Casals
Beauty is in the moment when we act without thinking and let our training take over. This is the demonstration of our true learning. Relax, breath and do, do not think for seeking perfection through force of will is like attempting to grasp water in your fists. Only in relaxing and cupping our hands can we hold the water. And this take no thought at all, so it is with your Martial Art training.

Meditation Point #81

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There is one who, though not having eaten rice for a long time, feels no hunger. There is another who, though eating all the day long, never feels satisfied.
Pai-Chang’s Sermon to the Monks
Which are you?

Meditation Point #80

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I was standing in the park wondering why frisbees got bigger as they get closer. Then it hit me.
– Unknown
🙂 Some times we just lack perspective, often it takes a smack in the head to help us gain it!