A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action. —Samurai maxim
Lessons in Mindfulness enhances the physical practice of all serious martial arts students. Some of the best instructors in the world use it in their curriculum.
Discover the importance of controlling and disciplining the mind, breath and chi. Learn techniques of introspection including:
- Breathing techniques
- Awareness skills
- Methods of intensifying your concentration
"It is impossible to be a martial artist only on the mats. So, if you are thinking of your practice only as techniques you perform, you are just training to be a fighter, and not yet a martial artist."
..."Martial arts is ultimately about learning to change your state of consciousness, to develop new and more effective ways of seeing and thinking and acting. There is nothing linear about this type of education. You may be able to track your physical practice through a ranking system, but you cannot measure how practice changes you mentally or emotionally. There is no tool to measure consciousness. Focusing on a progression of colored belts, advancing from point A to point B is less important, once we realize that martial arts is more than physical."
...This never-ending path of self-discovery is the art. The ongoing creative expression of our spirit through physical and mental discipline is martial arts."