Learning to Accept and Thrive in Our Reality Part 1
Posted by Second Chance to Live on November 19, 2012
In April of 2007 I wrote an article that is published on Second Chance to Live under the title of The Spider and the Dragon. In today’s article I will include excerpts from that article.
Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Thank you. In today’s article I want to share something that helped me to learn to accept my reality. Several years ago when I began training at a martial arts school my Sensei or martial arts instructor shared a principle with me. The principle unknowingly – at the time – would change the way that I viewed my reality. What I discovered helped me to stop seeing the events, circumstances and experiences that occurred and occur in life through an all or none, black or white filter.
My Sensei stated that I would be given different ingredients to bake a cake, but that it would be my job to bake the cake. Initially I had no idea what ingredients that he had in mind. Nevertheless, my interest was to grow as a martial artist, so I attended classes on a regular basis to listen, learn and train. As I devoted myself to the process I discovered that we were being taught the style and principles of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts system and life philosophy founded by martial artist Bruce Lee in 1967. One of the life principles Bruce Lee taught was:
I have not invented a “new style,” composite, modified or otherwise that is set within distinct form as apart from “this” method or “that” method. On the contrary, I hope to free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds. Remember that Jeet Kune Do is merely a name used, a mirror in which to see “ourselves” .
What this principle taught, reinforced and changed is the way that I interpreted the events, circumstances and experiences that occurred in my life. At the martial arts dojo or studio, we learn many different styles to enhance the nature of our abilities. Through learning and practicing those skills, our individual paths take shape. Although we all are required to know specific skills in order to progress, our journeys are not etched in stone. The goal is to provide each student with various tools. The tools are to be used to build a foundation to help the student explore.
Please read the conclusion of this article in Part 2 by clicking on the following link, Learning to Accept and Thrive in Our Reality Part 2. Thank you
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