I hope this email finds you well. Today, I wanted to talk about something we all seem to be struggling with: the ability to relax, smile, and be in the moment. Today, life’s relentless pace and myriad demands are always a step ahead of us, leaving us scrambling to catch up.
Religion, family, and work are the pillars that add stability to our lives. They provide us with a sense of purpose and direction. Still, they also require a significant amount of our time and energy. Whether meeting work deadlines, fulfilling familial responsibilities or adhering to the tenets of our faith, we focus on something we need to do or accomplish.
But amidst these swirling responsibilities, have you ever found that moment of peace and tranquility? This moment is about the present, not an impending task or a looming deadline. For me, these moments come when I am sparring.
During sparring, my mind is entirely in the present. I am not thinking about the mountain of paperwork, the family event I must prepare for, or the spiritual obligations I must fulfill, but about my opponent, their moves, and their tactics. I think about the techniques they use, how I can counter them, and how to guide them into a position that allows me to strike. Sparring is an exhilarating experience of being fully engaged and present. Every move in the ring requires complete attention. Every countermove is a testament to the razor-sharp focus. There are no half-hearted attempts, no distractions. Just the here and now. It’s a dance between two opponents, each trying to predict the other’s move, react, and influence their actions.
At that moment, the outside world fades away. It’s just me, my opponent, and the intricate ballet of our movement. It’s a state of pure mindfulness, where I am neither dwelling in the past nor anxious about the future.
Not everyone finds their “moment” in a martial arts ring. Your moment could be during a morning jog, while painting, during a deep conversation with a loved one, or even while immersed in a captivating book. We all need to find our version of “sparring” to keep our
sanity amidst the hustle and bustle of life.
This week, I encourage you to look for moments where you can be wholly present, relax, and let your mind focus on the task at hand rather than juggling a dozen different things. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. In these moments, we truly live, love, and learn. It’s in these moments that we find our peace amidst the chaos.
Let’s try to find those peaceful moments in our busy days. It might take some time and patience, but it’s worth it. Just remember, like in martial arts, it’s not about rushing. It’s about making smart moves. Let’s find our peaceful moments in the middle of our busy lives. I can’t wait to hear what you discover.
Andres “Fighter” Mejer
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