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Power of 1%

Today is Voting Day. No matter what your political views are and whether or not you feel any power over the outcome, you are probably very happy for this election season to be coming to a close (specifically if you’re like me, for the hundreds of texts to stop). I promise this blog will not [...]

By |2020-11-03T08:33:17-08:00November 3rd, 2020|Master the Moment|1 Comment

Respect

The spiritual meaning of namaste is The Divine in me bows to the Divine in you. When a yogi bows with hands pressed together, this is a physical expression of respect that transcends the ego. This is what all bows can be.   When I first heard this explanation of a bow, I thought it [...]

By |2020-10-08T18:26:41-07:00October 8th, 2020|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Do I like the person I am?

I like the question of the week, "Do I like the person I am?". It gives me some insight into how I have changed over the years. When I was younger I didn't like myself. It seemed like other kids were always making fun of me and only me (they must have sensed some innate [...]

By |2020-08-04T19:48:06-07:00August 4th, 2020|Master the Moment|4 Comments

Breathing with a mask

Returning to the dojo means breathing with a mask, and some of us find that difficult. What can happen is a feeling of breathlessness, of not being able to breathe enough. This feeling is called dyspnea by scientists and clinicians, and dyspnea comes from the brain rather than not getting enough air.  The feeling is [...]

By |2020-07-01T21:19:57-07:00July 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Martial Arts in Troubled Times

I had planned on talking about forgiveness in this newsletter, but I’m finding it to be an increasingly difficult topic to navigate these days. I’m not going to tell you to forgive anybody, nor will I attempt to tell you what is right or wrong for you to do. I don’t believe that martial arts [...]

By |2020-06-02T19:52:10-07:00June 2nd, 2020|Master the Moment|3 Comments

Emotional Content

A student asked me about what I meant by emotional content last week and as it is an important concept in martial arts, I’m seizing the opportunity to discuss it at length here. As Bruce Lee famously mentioned in Enter the Dragon, emotional content is about being in the moment, free of attachment, and feeling.  [...]

By |2020-05-05T17:52:08-07:00May 5th, 2020|Master the Moment|0 Comments

Thriving

Over the last few weeks I’ve been talking a lot about thriving and the idea of turning challenges or problems into opportunities. I believe that this is one of the most valuable things we get from our practice of martial arts and meditation. What we as a human race are facing right now is undoubtedly [...]

By |2020-03-31T17:15:56-07:00March 31st, 2020|Master the Moment|2 Comments

Responsibility

There seems to be an air of helplessness in the world today, rather than responsibility. If you watch the news you’ll be scared half to death by any number of things. Lately, politics and coronavirus are the most pressing, so I’ll use those as a jumping off point. In many of my recent conversations about [...]

By |2020-03-03T14:08:25-08:00March 3rd, 2020|Master the Moment|3 Comments

Web of delusion and non-attachment

I have a friend who has been unofficially diagnosed with schizophrenia. He doesn’t get psychiatric help or take medication, and his symptoms make it difficult for him to work and have a social life. One of the most difficult aspects for him are the constant delusions he suffers from. For example, my friend believes that [...]

By |2020-02-06T12:50:27-08:00February 6th, 2020|Master the Moment|2 Comments