We all seem to be living busier lives, with lots of demands on your time and energy. Remember, you cannot be “everything to everybody all of the time”. You are better served by knowing what is important to you, then tackling what needs to be done with focus, calmness and singular resolution.

This is where the concept of Zanshin comes into play. Zanshin is a state of awareness and calm preparedness. When you are feeling stressed, come back to the present moment and be completely engrossed in the activity you are partaking in. This can be playing with your children, really listening and hearing your family and friends, or focusing 100% of your energy and state to your martial arts technique.

Focusing completely on something is really difficult, but you get better with practice. And the practice is worth the effort. Zanshin is really rewarding, as it allows you to enjoy every single moment of the things you do. It allows you to live your life with purpose. Who doesn’t want that?

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