Calmness is “peace of mind”, free from worry. But remaining calm can be really hard. There is no point doing martial arts training if you react (especially negatively) to stress around you. If tension rises inside of you, take a few deep breaths and try to see the situation for what it really is. A “situation” is often not as bad as our immediate reaction suggests. Then, after you have paused, focus on something happy. Think positive thoughts. It will help….honestly.

In class, we purposely put you through stress, so you can learn to react and relax correctly. You must learn calmness in the dojo, otherwise you cannot progress with your training…or even “build a better you”.

For this week, pause more often, take a few breaths, enjoy the present moment, focus on happy thoughts and enjoy life.