To think of.
Worth the sweat
Of our brow or of the
Grinding teeth that keep
Us half asleep at night, wriggles,
Turns and unfinished murmurs off of
The edge of tongues on the ways we might fail.
When there is might in the certainty of nothingness,
Still, can anyone accept his own downfall in the moment now,
To venture out into the mysterious emptiness, the darkness, in depths.
Holding fast in fluidity, we can conquer the demons that keep us as prisoners in
Our own minds. The stale stories that we still tell ourselves, or have been told from birth hurt
As we break in the bones of conformity. And the fascial adhesions still keep us joined at the hip, bound to
Societies' expectations of what we maybe might achieve, and still we hold our emotions down in our stomachs and
Quiver at sights of flamboyant eccentricity. A call to arms became a call to body and mind and self altogether whatever the
Differences. New ages are contained in the disintegration of a moment before the wind changes, Changing - Nothing can hold us
Skills within Skills within Skills. They are progressive, they are meticulous. A conscientious individual will find themselves with more than they came for if one continuous to practice in this way.
My Sifu once told me: ‘When you practice one technique, you are practicing them all’.
This is true of any skill. When you are learning a skill correctly, developing yourself in this area of your life, it has a cascading ripple effect onto the other areas of your life.
The approach that I have taken recently has been one of the slow and diligent learning of each individual technique that is presented to me to learn. Take the time to get each one perfect.
For example, my foremost martial art is Practical Wing Chun Kung Fu. During training, the temptation is to try and learn the most fancy and complex move possible. First and foremost this is because it looks cool, and feels ninja’y. However, those in class who really flourish at the martial art are those who take the time to practice the basics as if they were the end goal. They practice them as if they were hallowed, perfecting each tiny adjustment in order to have great structure and great power generation. They always are in the perfect shape and the advantageous position.
This approach to learning yields results. I would invite you to give it a try… To learn your piano scales as if they were the handling of a baby. As if each note required precision and great care; perfectly placed
This may take a week of practicing for 1-2 hours a day, but you continue in your daily practice once or twice a day when you have the chance, and you will get to a point of proficiency and ease. The scales will be in your hands. Now it is time for you to practice faster. When you get a note wrong, then you slow down a bit and work with mindfulness of this structural weakness in your skill… When you get it flowing with ease, you may speed it up more.
Then you move on to the next progression from the scale and apply the former into your music… Musical progressions.
‘Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice perfect.’ – Vince Lombardi
Light and grounded
Floor and emptiness
More can be said of nothing and something
than each of one another
lengthen the short
to shorten the long
feelings knew all along
they swam in the waves given them
moulding paths and shapes
each moulding one another
The mind takes view
it carves out a separation
makes one into two and 3 into 4
fixing problems, creating more two’s
until too many to hold
all collapse into each other
Feeling need of one and other
the shapeless circle continues
not fighting a mind for knowing
for there is nothing to know
and no mind to know it.
People that bully are put into the category of bullies. Personally don’t feel that they are just ‘bullies’. It’s easy to label… Much harder it is to listen between the lines.
‘Bullies’ are trouble people. They take it out on others, because they have felt that it is the best or only way to deal with this amount of suffering. They literally throw it off of themselves, and put it on other people. Or there are also those that follow because they are lost. They stand over others, because they don’t understand…
This is a psychological phenomenon. A product of discontentment in a society, and a sign of social unrest, the best thing that we as a people can do is to feel it, talk about it, and try to understand it. All of us. We all learn through our awareness’ of our feeling’.
Categorising people is a great way of knowing what flavour they are, and whether you like the taste.
Keaton is a brave guy, and I have the utmost respect for his struggle, and his ability to talk about it. It takes character to stand up to what has gone socially unchallenged, however locally.