Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 05/22/2021

What Is My Reason?

I keep asking myself why I have become so obsessed with learning martial arts at this point in my life. I don’t want to hurt people so that’s not it as far as I can tell. I do feel more confident that I can meet challenges simply because I have learned to push through pain as a result of the last two years of training but, if anything, I feel less certain about he ring into a physical altercation with anyone than I ever did before simply because anyone can be a martial artist. In a way, it’s similar to that Mahayana teaching that states everyone I’ve you meet is possibly a Buddha so you need to be careful how you treat them.

I feel that I’ll be coming back to this theme repeatedly as I try to navigate this skillfully. I also feel that it is important to come back to a regular practice of reflection through this blog to help center my thoughts and keep me in course. Too much externally focused activity seems to unbalanced the mind and God knows I need balance.

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