You take so many showers in your life, what if you did a small practice in each shower? Would that not add up to something? It is necessary to grow new pathways in the brain and form a new mind. You need to create a mental space that you can access
One way to create that space is through intense listening.
Now slowly turn the water to cold. At
I recall long ago there was one fellow in the gym who when he showered would grimace his face, turn on the cold water, and beat on his stomach with his
I would have you be able to turn on the cold water any time with no emotional reaction, just awareness.
It is not enough to be able to do this practice
“I am the man in the Arena.”
“the martial artist.”
And slowly begin to increase the cold, all the time Listening and Breathing. Capitalized on purpose. They are specific parts of a process you will invoke when challenged.
After a time attempt to access this part of your mind during the day. Even when driving, you can go deeply into listening to the sounds of the road for a time. Finally, when you are challenged, just before you step onto the mat, dojo floor, or onto the stage, execute your process, and go deeply into listening with an even deep breath.