The eastern arts have long recognized that mind and body are not separate. Consciousness is embodied. Training that recognizes this works with the whole self. Physical conditioning and functional awareness are practiced as one. The training of the body is concomitant with the cultivation of a quiet, engaged mind. A strong physical center is sought not as an end in itself but as a manifestation of imperturbable mind.
The meaning of this is more than a buff body and sharp intellect. A true martial artist personifies peace. What starts with the idea of learning self defense can ultimately lead to the spiritual insight that being in harmony with all things means dropping our guard. The martial way of uncovering the inner aggression that stands in the way of this realization is difficult. Practice coaxes, pushes, and eventually demands that we unmask and wake up to our true nature.
If this is a journey you want to undertake, endeavor to do it with an open heart. That may sound trite but remember it. You are going to need it.
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