|Posted by modern-arnis on February 4, 2011 at 1:08 PM||comments (3)|
An important topic, not just in the martial arts, but in life also, a simple definition of focus could be, doing one thing at a time, or paying attention to one object, situation, task, etc. at a time. Focus can be difficult for many to achieve. I have personally had problems with focus in the past, especially before my martial arts training began. In school, I would not pay attention to the teacher or pay much worth to studying and the results were of course, not very good. But, since I started training in the martial arts, my focus has improved tremendously. First Discipline in the martial arts has given me the ability to focus. Learning what my body and mind are capable of doing, when I apply myself and focus my energy and intent. Also, through partner work, pad and bag work my focus has improved. Not wanting to hurt my partner forced me to learn focus and control. Striking a small focus mitt or paddle also taught me to concentrate my body and mind. But probably the most valuable focus tool I have learned from the martial arts is meditation. Being able to breathe, relax, and focus my mind on a single object or thought has truly been challenging and rewarding. Many people feel that meditation is some mystical, mysterious practice that can only be done by monks hidden in caves, but I have found that ANYONE can gain the benefits of meditation, if they put the time and practice into it. A basic form of meditation can be simply finding a quiet place away from distractions. Sit comfortably either in a chair or on the floor on pillows. Close your eyes and find something to focus on. I first learned meditation by counting the length of my breathe, breathing in and counting slowly, then breathing out and counting slowly. With each breathe, allow your body to relax more and more. I often tell beginners that your mind is like a little child walking down the street. The child (Your mind) is easily distracted and will wonder off the path, but just like a small child, you can gently guide the child back on their path. So, when your mind wonders, gently place your mind back on your focus point, breathing, counting, etc. And the more you do this, the less it will occur and easier your focus will become. Through meditation I have received many benefits, a calmer personality, more patience, emotional control, better sleep and more. But Focus has truly been a very valuable treasure. Having better focus has helped me study better for college, learn and retain skills in training, improvements in my sparring, striking and control and much more. But the most valuable skill I have received from my focus training is being in tune to those around be and being able to focus more on their needs and assists them.
If you would be interested in learning more about Focus and/or meditation, do what I did. Nothing replaces a good, qualified Instructor. Seek them out and you will NOT regret it!!!
“If prayer is talking to God, then Meditation is listening” E. Cayce
|Posted by modern-arnis on November 26, 2010 at 8:17 PM||comments (1)|
Everyone experiences it. It is a natural part of what makes us who we are, but how we react to the stimulus, shows if we are in control of ourselves or need to seek deeper training.
One of my favorite sayings go like this, “The only person you can ever hope to control is yourself” This is pure truth. You cannot control the person who is rude to you, or cuts you off while driving, or is impatient waiting for you to complete a task at work, etc… But YOU CAN control how you react to their energy and respond.
As a younger man I had anger management issues. I had difficulty controlling my temper and would lash out at anyone I felt deserved it. Funny thing, most of them didn’t! It was my perception that caused the outburst. See, most people don’t realize that they may have cut you off driving, or are being impatient waiting for you. In our fast paced, internet speed, 2 minute meal world. We hardly have to wait for anything now, so our patients and understanding abilities are suffering dearly.
My perception is my world. That means, how I perceive someone or something is how it is to me. If I perceive a person being rude, even if they’re not, I still see them as such. I have (and still do) work very hard to first not fly off the handle when I get angry. I first BREATHE and then study the situation and try to see it from the other person’s point of view? Then I ask myself if I think they we’re trying to upset me intentionally or if I’m just perceiving it that way. If I’m not certain, I may ask the person kindly what they meant and I find, in most cases, that it was just a misunderstanding. If I feel it was on purpose. I ask myself if it’s worth making a big deal about and most times it’s not, so I SMILE at the individual, send them a silent blessing and let it go. But if I do find that it was intentional. I try my best not to get angry. I try to BREATHE and RELAX before dealing with the situation. I use reasoning, facts and patience to workout the issue WITHOUT resorting to more anger, foul language or violence. But, in most cases I just let it go and move on!!!
Now that’s easy to type but, not easy to achieve all the time. So, I MUST train and practice, just like my martial arts training is only achieved through repetition and focus, so must my training to control my temper. Each morning with my prayers and meditation, I ask for patience with whom all I meet. I bless them and ask not to judge and have the ability to think and feel before I speak or react. Now am I perfect, well asks my wife and she’ll say YES, and then giggle. But I’m working and improving daily. I treat it just like training and the more I do, the better I get. If I ignore it, then controlling my emotions becomes more difficult.
This is what I feel we need as our earthly family. We are ALL one from the same source, that source is giving, kind, loving and never spiteful. But, as we age, we grow away from that source and become more physical and less spiritual. We need to return to our source in prayer and meditation and ask for guidance and peace. It’s just like anything else, if we want to be good at something, we MUST practice.
As a wise person once said, “I am in control of me, not you, me”
God bless you and if you need help, seek a trusted friend or teacher who can help you on you path to inner peace. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Peace Enoch
|Posted by modern-arnis on October 23, 2010 at 8:49 PM||comments (1)|
An easy word to say, but sometimes very difficult to achieve. Often people seek happiness or fullfillment from outside sources, like marterial goods or other people. They may also try finding it through the use of drugs or violence. In my experiences, I've found that the only true source of happiness comes from within. Manys years as a youth, i struggled with self asteem. I was never very fond of myself. I was always searching for other means to make me happy or to feel of worth. It has taken me many years (and trials) to realize that I must love myself and be proud of who I am, before I can ever begin to feel true happiness. Whatever your spiritual beliefs may be, quantum physics has shown that we are ALL from the same source (or energy) This energy , whatever name you would like to give it, GOD, BUDDHA, ALA, George, French fry, etc... it doesn't matter. We are all from this source. The same source that has created all the things seen and unseen on this planet and in the universe of infinite space. We are all meant to be, there are NO MISTAKES. we are perfect as we are and should be proud of this. We are all here to do GREAT things and should strive to find out what that purpose is. There is something we can do, teach, express, share, etc. better than anyone else and when we find this GIFT, we draw closer to our source or creater and will find true happiness from within. Be proud of who you are and don't be afraid to share that gift with others. Be happy that you are here, NOT by mistake, but to achieve greatness. The ONLY thing stopping you from happiness is YOU! Believe in yourself and there isn't anything you cannot achieve, even inner happiness.
God Bless, Peace and Harmony Always, Enoch
|Posted by modern-arnis on September 4, 2010 at 10:28 PM||comments (0)|
For my first of maybe only one blog is the idea of training.
We all know that with anything that we want a better understanding of, we must first begin to study the subject.
We read books, study videos, seek out a teacher, etc... But for us to truly grasp any subject, we must eventually practice it through repitition.
For instance, in my Pathagenic microbiology class for me to understand the process of how a virus can infect a cell. I need to study, read and quiz myself over and over again, until I have the subject well to my memory. So, with martial arts it's no different.
So why do people think they can get better at an aspect of martial arts without training that aspect? Ive been guity of this for over a decade. Why aren't my forms better? OH YAH, I don't spend as much time as I should on them. (I;m working on improving this now=) So there's our answer, MORE TIME!!! Right, I know everyone has a huge amount of FREE Time to spare, but seriously, for us (Me included) to improve on a technique like a front punch, I need to practice it.
So with a family, work, school, etc... How do I practice it. Well I practice at work ( I work in a lab, so I have to be careful) When I have a moment, I practice the techniques slowly (No need for speed, if I don't have the technique down correctly) When I'm watching TV, I can practice while watching my favorite shows. (In your stance and watching out for people and furniture) I try to do as many reps as I can, so when I get to class, my techniques are improved. Not perfect (No such thing) but better and more effective.
So out of excuses we get nothing, but out of application we gain the world!
So get up and put just 5-10 minutes extra into your training and you'll be suprised by what you gain.
You get out of life, what you put into it!!!
Peace and Harmony always,