The man in the arena

The man in the arena

Feel the sword in your hand, the sand...

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

The martial artist

The martial artist

Listen to the sound of one hand clapping..

Reflect on the state of mind of a player who is said to be “hot” or “playing in the zone.” Is he thinking about how he should hit each shot? Is he thinking at all? Listen to the phrases commonly used to describe a player at his best: “He’s out of his mind”; “He’s playing over his head”; “He’s unconscious”; “He doesn’t know what he’s doing.” The common factor in each of these descriptions is that some part of the mind is not so active. Athletes in most sports use similar phrases, and the best of them know that their peak performance never comes when they’re thinking about it.”Excerpt From:  “The Inner Game of Tennis.” 

Ronin

Ronin

Be in relaxed alignment..

To be a Ronin, means you are a free agent in your mind, no matter what others might think. You might have employment, but your career is to be a spy for yourself. The historical ronin was an unemployed samurai, looking for a lord who would accept him as a vassal. But the Ronin of our mantra might take employment, but would never be a vassal. He derives great power from a unique value system that makes him free of any culture.

1-eye

1-eye

Shut an eye; focus on the void.

The portion of the iceberg that is above water represents everything you think you know, remember, or expect. This includes your self-image, identity, and worldview. It is you now, in your daily life, and all the talents and abilities you imagine you bring to a problem. The portion that is below the waterline is the 4th Position, we call 1eye.  I want to convince you that it would be wondrous to access it. 

the Laughing Pirate

the Laughing Pirate

Smile

Laughing Pirate invokes the spirit, of total uninhibited commitment. The will to go for it, and play a game with life that has no score, simply for the pleasure of playing. This is striking from the Void. It is like having an Olympic performance and not knowing what you did. Laughing pirate is a feeling and attitude that you summon with your smile.

Seeking Beauty

Seeking Beauty

Seek beauty about you..Create it.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.-Khalil Gibran

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. -Albert Einstein

In a strange land

In a strange land

Imagine yourself trapped on an alien world

“For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.”  

― Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan

and grateful for

and grateful for

Awareness of...

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” 

– Seneca

the Adventure

the Adventure

What is lost

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”  Amelia Earhart

“ … people must endure adversity to grow, and… the highest levels of growth and development are only open to those who have faced and overcome great adversity. If the strong version of the hypothesis is valid, it has profound implications for how we should live our lives and structure our societies.  It means that we should take more chances and suffer more defeats.” – Jonathan Haidt