Question on Facebook:
How do you find peace when you are scared: do you have a mantra, prayer, process, technique? Please share…
Physically: connect to your breathing and focus on the sensation of air coming in and going out. Relax your body and release tension. Keep it simple. Mentally: connect with the present moment. The thing you fear is in the future and has not come to pass. Spiritually: connect with gratitude in the knowledge that everything that happens is ultimately the best possible thing that can happen for you whether you can perceive the benefit immediately or not.
The key word in all of this is “connect.” Be still. And, know that you are whole.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
The surest way to learn something valuable is through a great teacher.
Once you’ve found a teacher
— And he’s agreed to teach you —
Learn to ask questions without questioning the teacher.
Set aside what you’ve learned before and listen with the mind of a beginner.
Why should he teach you if you already know everything?
Or if you do nothing with what he gives you?
BE AWARE OF YOUR VALUES – THEY DRIVE YOUR DECISIONS…
“When the values are clear, the decisions are easy.”
– Roy Disney
Whatever we hold most dear becomes a magnet that pulls us forward into our decisions.
Do you value Creativity and Possibility?
Decisiveness and Assertiveness?
Courtesy? Harmony? Conviction? Duty?
Know what you value.
Let others know what you value.
How easy do you want decision making to be?
In a world that seems to thrive on instant gratification, looks can be deceiving.
The things that come easily also leave easily and are often not the best for you in the long run.
The competitiveness of today’s school and work environments demand more than ever before.
Train your body.
Train your mind.
The investment you make in yourself today will pay dividends over a lifetime.
Always remember – a day of training you miss is a day you never get back.
Give us a call or come to the school to get started!
Tustin Shaolin Martial Arts
104 W First St
Tustin, CA 92780
Classes are finished for the day. I am reminded that there are more variations on stretching techniques than there will ever be time to practice consistently. Then again, this is true of technique variations of all kinds. Hand techniques, foot techniques, weapons techniques, chin na, shuai jiao… Even movements within forms can have many correct variations.
Since there will never be enough time to practice everything all the time, it becomes more and more important to practice specific things daily for the cumulative effect of repetition over time. Those things must be chosen wisely to strengthen points of talent, to round out rough edges in the training, and to buff up weak points of technique or poor understanding of difficult concepts.
Choose carefully and train every day.
I love my job. I just finished a coaching call with a client of mine (he’s a wealth manager handling tax and investment matters) who has made a profound shift in his life. He shared with me a story about approaching a very significant investor to invite the client to come and talk with him about his retirement portfolio. My client was very happy with himself for doing that and it was something he expected to do more often in the future.
I asked my client what shift he had made that had allowed him to do that. He struggled with the labeling on that shift. Sometimes it can be difficult to put our fingers on what exactly has changed in our awareness or in our mental makeup that has enabled a new way of being for ourselves. Doing so and giving that shift a name can help it stick and make it more lasting. He talked me through what was different and the response was rather lengthy. In essence, he was thinking out loud. The description was wordy and useful in terms of processing for him, but it didn’t create clarity for either of us. Finally, I asked him to put it in a nutshell of 8 words or less to define the shift. His answer: “I’m not judging myself anymore.”
What a relief that was! Once he said that, there was the kind of giddy laughter that comes from a huge release of pressure. The man was experiencing a new sense of freedom and I was thrilled to be there to see it happen. What’s next for him, I wonder? He plans to follow up on opportunities much more than he ever has. I suspect that will only be the beginning point to what happens for him as a result of this new shift of not judging himself anymore.
So, I wonder… What has happened for you when you’ve let go of judging yourself? And, if judgment still has a strong hold on your life, what do you think might happen for you if you were to stop judging yourself?