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It’s A Practice Not A Journey

Posted: August 12, 2013 in Sprituality
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Many students in the martial arts talk about the journey.
“It’s all about the journey not the destination,” they say.
The very definition of a journey means there is an end point. The truth is that there is no end point. There is a start point as we have to begin somewhere.
The fact is that it is a practice.

Lets compare this to a vocation. Let’s take law. The ‘practice of law’ is the correct term. Even though you will spend five years at university, your practice continues. At the end of the five years you graduate as a lawyer but everyone knows that is just a point on the spectrum that we have identified as having meaning.

Ann Lamott wrote an interesting book called, “Bird By Bird.” It documented her growth as a writer. Another of her interests, apart from writing, was meditation. She studied under the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Quite often she confided with him that she did not have the time to meditate as much as she wanted to. His reply was to make her practice her meditation.
What he meant was to meditate in your performance of your job. Making your job your daily practice. Making the mundane tasks of living your daily meditation.
Thich Nhat Hanh is famous for popularising walking meditation as a practice. He chose the act of walking as a way to immerse himself in the process of a simple action.
To live each step.
To methodically make the action of walking a perfect performance.
He uses this as an example of how to achieve peace and happiness in our daily life.
In our job.
Or in our practice of martial arts.

It’s all the same.
For all of us.

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A Longer Life

Posted: June 25, 2013 in Sprituality
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Find something bigger than yourself.
Negative thoughts will stay away when you are involved in something that is much more important than your little life.
I went to visit my Grandmother’s grave yesterday. First time I had been there since she died many years ago.
I went with my father who is now 75. He was extremely happy that I went along, that I asked that he take me.
As we were making our way through the rows of headstones looking for his mums name to appear, we came upon an area set aside for the clergy.
Father Thomas, Sister Maria, sister Isabella.
As we were wandering past the headstones we noticed the number of people who had reached well into their 90s that were religious people. The denomination didn’t really matter. As we walked into the area where lay people are buried, the average age dropped at least 20 years.
I doubt if God kept the priests alive because they were on his side.
I believe prayer and meditation gave them a calmness that increased their life span.
I suppose it’s a bit hard to be depressed when you are working for God.

Something bigger than you.
As we dig deep we find that after our initial physical needs are satisfied we need to find spiritual rewards.
To lose ourself in a pursuit.
If that pursuit involves improving the well being of others, it miraculously improves our life and increases our life span.

Unbelievable, but true.