Oftentimes we feel like we need to build our skills, or add to them, when really we should be doing the opposite. Instead of piling on more to our training (and lives), we would be better off chipping away at the things that aren’t important. Instead of focusing on an increase, let’s focus on a decrease. Then we can make room for the things that truly matter.
A journey of acquiring will also feel unfulfilled, especially if everything we’re trying to attain comes from the outside world. Instead, let’s focus on carving away the excess baggage in our training (and life) so we can get to a better picture of who we are and what’s really important to the unique beings we are.
Here is an example of what I’m talking about …
If your main reason for learning Systema is personal development and growth. Why would you spend so much time learning how to beat someone up? Dominating someone builds your ego, something that is not congruent with your reasons. I’ve seen this happen many times.
If your main reason for learning Systema is health and wellness. Why would you train in a way that agitates yourself and causes you to be unhappy? I’ve seen this happen many times.
Life is full these ‘oxymorons’, they don’t make any sense. This is why reflection is so important, because it brings clarity.
Clarity comes from simplicity, and simplicity requires us to have less around us. Too much of anything can often cause confusion, whether that’s among choice, ideas, people, and martial arts skills/techniques. Let’s shed the stuff that isn’t important and allow space for the essentials to flow naturally through.
Train, Reflect, Remove … Train, Reflect, Remove …
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