When you were a child, what was it you most loved to do? On a lazy summer day, when there was nothing else pressing on you, what are those things you found yourself getting into? Or, put another way…let’s say right now, you win the lottery and you know all your expenses will now be easily taken care of from here on out. First thing, of course, you high tail it to a tropical island and just relax, rest and reset for a few weeks, a few months, whatever it takes.
But after that…if you have no distractions, no demands, no pressures, no screens pulling you into a Netflix binge…what is it you really and truly want to spend your time doing?
I would argue that this thing, my friend, is what you really need to be doing with your time. Now, I don’t believe this requires quitting your day job. That may or very well may not be the fastest path to living your bliss. As Elizabeth Gilbert soberly reminds us, “Jump and the net might catch you.” What I am suggesting is that you remember who you are, who you were meant to be, to hold onto that fast and keep it close to your heart. If you’ve strayed from it, vow not to lose it again. Then you can begin to find a way to weave that true calling back into your life.
Helen Keller was so brilliant because she had the gumption to find that within herself, when for a time it seemed lost and far away. Not though an easy path, but through tears and anguish and resilience, she pushed herself to be at peace with the darkness and silence, and to live the joyous and fulfilling life that had always been a possibility within her. She said, “The ways in which I can make myself useful are few, yet the work open to me is endless.”
This week in the dojo, we are not going to stand in line, all memorize the same long kata sequence, and perform it perfectly. What we are going to do is absorb the principles, both physically, mentally and emotionally, that this art holds for us, and make them our own. I invite you to do the same in your life beyond the dojo. Your lifespan is limited, fear is your biggest obstacle, and there’s really no point in hiding who you truly are.
The techniques we’ll be using as jumping off points for our exploration this week are…
|Ukemi||Break Falls All Directions||Rolls All Directions|
|Technique 1||Katana Strikes and Blocks (BB pretend)|
|Technique 2||Kids: Ukemi from Koshi SanpoAdv. Kids and Adults: Ganseki Nage|
|Technique 3||Onikudaki and Haibu Yori|
Kasumi Club: (most likely): Work on the next technique for this year’s ryu
This week, our kids will be finding the final piece of their “Persist Power” Gem!
Our teens (ages 11-15) are gearing up for an awesome Tween Leadership Mini Series, the first 2 Mondays in February. It comes with a free 2 Week Martial Arts Class Trial – Sign Up here!
And we also are so excited for the Speak Up and Move Women’s Bootcamp coming up! Ready to amp up your physical fitness, personal protection skills and overall empowerment? Head here.
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See you in the dojo!