It can only be what it is...



Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fine Line,

A young monk came running up to his teacher, “Master Li, have you heard? The temple in the village has burned down! Master Ghozan was inside. He was in such deep concentration while meditating, he did not notice the fire and he has died. What amazing powers of meditation!” exclaimed the student. Master Li replied, “That fool, he ruined a perfectly good robe!”

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Old Castle in the Moon 荒城の月/ circular breathing



His breathing technique is phenomenal. I am in awe.

The Day after

OK, so as of late I have been searching for the "right fit" for training and exercise.  After 4 years of martial arts I sort of went on hiatus for a year. Did weight training, running and yoga.
Came to conclusion that I actually missed the martial arts but where I was attending, didn't give me much of a cardio work out that I need.
As I get older my metabolism is getting slower and I need that cardio to keep the pounds at bay.
Tried a few different places and styles but nothing was clicking.
Then as luck would have it, right under my nose was a dojo, close to home (10 minutes !) and a great schedule (5 classes a week if I can keep up) and the price is right. (How did I not see it before ?)
Not wanting to get suckered managed to get a week's worth of trial classes before I sign up and yesterday was the first one.

Just the warm up alone had me in the cardio target zone. Classes are around 75 to 90 minutes. Lots of warm up, forms ( Kata) and sparring. It was fantastic.
Managed to even land a few kicks against a black belt. (Probably won't happen a second time though)

The style is mostly Kyokushin but there is also jujitsu, and I detect a little Okinawan karate as well in there. Either way it's fine with me. Some of my friends in martial arts get really tied up in knots over lineage and style and whether it's an approved style by whatever association etc. As far as I can see the Sensei for this school is not affiliated with some of the organisations that surround his style. Not always a bad thing, there is so much splintering and fracturing going on within Karate these days anyway.
I have come to my own conclusion that as long as it's effective, safe and you get out of it what you put into it, it's all good. Today after my first class, I'm sore. I worked out harder yesterday than I have for quite some time. I'm feeling it, and I'm smiling. All good.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Words

Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.-Buddhist Quote

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Worry...

Listening lately 365 Tao, and came across a passage detailing worry.
Worry and I have long since been aquainted. My father was a worrier, passed it on to me and I suppose I have passed it on as well to my daughter.
What I found illuminating was the idea that worry was cancer of an emotion.  Concern run amok as it were.
It can be crippling to say the least.
It all boils down to control I assume. The illusion that we have some, and that we can affect some measure of control in our lives.
I , of late have recently been shown that all I can do is help, whatever effort that I can, and be reassured ,  that is the best that I can do.
Right wrongs where I can, do the right thing, help , and let the worry go.
In the end things will enfold as they will.
No good, no bad , just as it is.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Free download if anyone is interested

Free download for one track by Shubha Mudgal. I kinda like it.

http://whiteswanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/steadfast-free-download-2-8-2-21">Steadfast [FREE download 2/8 - 2/21] by Shubha Mudgal (feat. Ursula Rucker and Business Class Refugees