The intention of this episode was to talk about more of the physical aspects of the martial arts. I ended up talking less about the punching, kicking, forms, sparring and self defense moves and training than the life circumstances that brought us to Martial Arts and the different ways that we have grown since my oldest son started his own journey. Martial arts is a vehicle for learning big life skills like awareness, courage, discipline, respect, integrity. These are skills for everyone. Kids and adults alike. Martial arts training moves the body in order to develop the soul.
The challenge this time is to find the thing that develops your soul. Maybe it's not martial arts for you like it is for me. But find and recognize that "thing" for you. What lights you up? What makes you stronger? What pushes you to want to become a better version of yourself? Find it. Then do more of it.
I mentioned a few books in the episode. Here are the links if you're interested.
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Cohen
The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
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It recently hit me just how wise some old Jedi master from a long time ago really was. I was talking to my son about his goals and how best to achieve them. When he said he would "try" changing his behavior, I knew in that moment how much of a trap "try" can be. Because I've been caught in it, myself. When I change my language, I change my attitude; when I change my attitude, I change my behavior; when I change my behavior, I change my life. It's as simple and as difficult as that. Trigger warning: I do talk about choices having to do with childbirth and breastfeeding in this episode. My observations are based on my experience, and my intention is to offer an example in support of my opinion around the language we choose to use in different life situations. I hope you hear no judgment, because I trust you to make your own decisions in your life based on your own knowledge, support and circumstances. The point is to get curious about how our language shapes our thoughts, feelings and commitment to what we say or think we really want.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you will have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." -John 16:33
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Tell me about what moves you? How does your creativity manifest? I'll be discussing my process and interviewing others about theirs. Let's dig deep and go wherever we need to put some good work out into the world.