The changing of the seasons is an opportunity for us to change and grow as well. One key to personal growth is to observe and follow the cyclical systems of earth and our immediate environment. Walks in the park or forests are a great way observe the ancient patterns of animals and plants, a way to stay active and also breathe in some beneficial spores and bacteria that are know to help balance our human bodies.
This is also the giving season. That doesn't mean necessarily that you need to give to someone for the end of year festivals but it could mean that you could give yourself some time and love and compassion.
What physical benefits have you seen by training in the Martial Arts?
I think my posture is the most important physical and energetic benefit I have seen improvement in since beginning martial arts training. I have noticed that it is easier to stand upright, feel confident and move through life in a more fluid way. These are important life skills that help me to remain calm and see the big picture as I go through my day to day activities and interactions with people. I think always being made aware of my stance and how I hold myself in class informs the rest of my life and reminds me to make the adjustments that need to be made in order to move fluently with whatever situation I am in.
I take the philosophy of Karate and ‘empty hand’ everywhere with me and believe that it is the most honest way of creating my reality. ‘Empty hand’ or receptivity is the posture that I strive for these days and it feels amazing to think that I am a receptive person or that at least I am working toward that end. Having receptivity in my heart allows me to stand back and see and feel the place I enter with an ability to connect the with hearts of those around me. I do that in class and with other groups of people and it makes it so much more meaningful and easy. While one on one with my clients or friends I feel the connection in a real and palpable way and they tell me that I am different than other therapists. They appreciate my grounded presence and more often than not throughout my sessions I am in a Karate stance.