We always talk about martial arts being more than kicking and punching. I now sit here in a Starbucks without the ability to kick and punch. How does martial arts persist through me, even though I cannot show the physical aspects. It makes me think about how yoga and martial arts share a common principle of inner being.
What part of us drives us towards a goal of “more”. Thoreau said,
“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so called comforts of life, are not only indispensable, but positive hinderances to the elevation of mankind.”
Viewing what you have as “enough” takes discipline, but it also frees you to live a life that is fulfilled.
Are luxuries bad? No, not in the least bit. However, when you set your definite chief aim as trying to obtain these luxuries, you tend to miss out on all the beauty that surrounds you in life.
When you narrow your focus in front of you for the chase of luxuries, you tend to blind yourself from what is next to you.
So, how does this all pertain to martial arts? I think martial arts helps you learn discipline and focus. But, it also helps you see things a little sooner than others. It hones your reflexes to your life around you.
When someone kicks or punches at you, you are aware of everything they are going to do in front of you. Why don’t we do that with life? Why don’t we open ourselves up to seeing more in the world and then react to what is thrown to us as soon as we care.
I think this is one of the lessons martial arts teaches to us as adults. Both in the sense that it helps us be able to ‘seize the day’ and to make all of the moments count.