Martial arts is more than just physical training and fitness. It must encompass the complete mind-body-spirit, while also providing us with the clarity to be emotionally aware of our actions as well. A good way to reflect on this is through meditation.
Meditation is not sitting on a mountain top and chanting (although, feel free to do that if it makes you feel better). Meditation is simply “concentrated focus’, whether it is on breathing, movement or attention to something. Take time each day to take some deep breaths, or close your eyes and really listen to the sounds, or do some slow pre-meditated movements (such as your Multiple Defence).
Meditation helps develop your ‘inner awareness’. Inner awareness creates a gap between thoughts and actions. Meditation helps you observe yourself and your actions. When you slow down your thoughts, it removes impulsiveness and provides you with more choices. When you see your choices, it can help you make the right choice with your actions. This is good.
Meditation has many benefits, all which help enhance your personal and spiritual growth. And isn’t that what martial arts is all about, i.e. enhancing your personal growth?