It Takes All Kinds
So I know I’ve been silent but life happens. And so does training, but I do want to keep the conversation going. I am not a writer per se, this is new to me. I usually write because I’m inspired, not because of a deadline. That is hard for me. Not that I haven’t been inspired of late. Quite the contrary, and maybe that’s the issue with my writers block. There are just so many different directions I can’t seem to choose. So knowing that I needed to add some content to this site was in the back of my mind going into a recent seminar on the spear. I was hoping to key in on something to write about and sure enough I did, but not just one thing, many things. On many varied subjects. Where to begin? Argh! Sure, all can and maybe will be featured articles or thought bombs at some point but with in-spear-ation overload I couldn’t settle on one. I shut down. And that’s when it hit me. Let’s talk about that very thing that caused the overload of great ideas and inspiration explosion.
It was quite literally the varied subjects that we touched on over the weekend and how they all related to what we do. This was due to the subject itself, the spear, as well as the varied backgrounds of those in attendance. Some subjects were far removed from the spear, like breathing exercises or natural healing teas. But not really so far removed, not in the realm we were in that weekend. It all made sense and fit in its own way and rounded out everything. And that’s just it right there. Rounded out everything. Because its not just about the training and the combat in a bubble, it’s cultivating and maintaining our ultimate weapon, ourselves. In mind, body and spirit. As Thulsa Doom said in Conan the Barbarian, “what good is the sword but for the hand that wields it?” Preach it Thulsa. What we do requires a bit more than the average pursuit due to the high level that we must operate on and we do operate on all three. So all three must be cultivated.
The mind. Cultivate it. Meditate. Doesn’t have to be fancy. Maybe 15 minutes of no stimulus. Or full on guided meditations for specific purposes. The goal is to help clear your mind and reset. Also learn to call on that state on demand. Read on your subject. Read on varied subjects and maybe see if it relates to what you do and how. Learn memorization techniques. Play Kims game, Sudoku, I Spy on family trips. Knowledge is power eh?
Body. Yeah, you kinda wanna take care of that too and if ya can optimize its use all the better. Pushups are great but the body has so many more aspects to it. Like the fuel you put into it. Both through food as well as air. Eat right, and not in excess. Try natural healing where you can. Learn to breath, do some breathing exercises. Learn the energies that run through your body. Keep it fit in some way. Don’t beat on this body too hard if ya can avoid it, you cant get a new model next year, you can only patch it up. Learn some low impact arts so you can keep going in your later years. Taichi for example.
Spirit. This does not just mean religion but it can of course. In this day where some don’t want to practice any religion that’s ok. Its your “intent” that you are working on. Be light of spirit and have good intentions. Walk the Red Road. Have a moral compass and follow it. Cultivate your spiritual side how you want but meditation is again a good form of spiritual maintenance that can be non denominational or not. You can even find exercises that encompass all three. Like a taichi or qigong or a breathing exercise. Mind body and spirit in one. The body’s trifecta.
So, did we really talk about all of these subjects? You betcha, and we did more than talk too. We walked the walk, in mind, body and spirit. So here are some links to get you in the mode to remember to cover all three.