Martial arts transcends mere physical training and fitness. It encompasses the unity of body, mind and spirit. It also grants us the clarity to be conscious of our actions. An effective method to contemplate this is through the practice of meditation.
Meditation is not limited to sitting atop a mountain and chanting (although you are welcome to do so if it brings you solace). Rather, meditation is a form of “focused concentration,” whether it involves focusing on one’s breath, engaging in intentional movements, or directing attention towards something specific. Set aside a portion of each day to do deep breathing, close your eyes and attentively listen to sounds, or engage in deliberate, unhurried movements (such as Multiple Defence / Kata / Forms).
Meditation aids in cultivating your “inner awareness.” This heightened self-awareness creates a space between thoughts and actions, enabling you to observe yourself and your behaviors. By slowing down your thoughts, impulsiveness dissipates, and you gain a wider array of choices. Recognising these choices empowers you to make sound decisions regarding your actions—a truly beneficial outcome.
Meditation bestows numerous advantages, all of which contribute to personal and spiritual growth. And ultimately, isn’t that the essence of martial arts? It is the pursuit of enhancing one’s personal growth and development.
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