In this video, I discuss the importance of understanding the flexibility of the mind. Too many times people give more energy towards one realm than the other. As martial artist we need to find balance in all realms. It does not matter if it is the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual realm; we need to give it – its proper place and proper energy to be able to see the whole picture clearly, find balance in life, as well as properly defend ourselves and the ones that we love.
This lesson is directly for the practitioners of the ancient Japanese koryu martial arts of the ninja and samurai, such as ninjutsu (ninpo) and bujutsu (budo).
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REFLECT YOUR INNER SELF.
Everyone of us has a essence, a soul and a spirit that resides within.
This spirit is what drives us to be who we are.
The physical realm changes as we change through life, when you are a little one, you look as such, when you become a teenager, to adult, you take the form of where you are mentally as well as spiritually. This is so that you can show the world who you are on the inside, and express with the others around you.
Some of us do many things to change our outward image to reflect who we are, such as change the color of our hair, get tattoo’s and body piercings, etc, etc. This list goes on and on, fact is everyone does these and changes the outward image to show to world or reflect the inner spirit.
When your body matches your mind and your mind matches the spirit, you have taken the sanshin (mind, body and spirit) and made them one, only at this time can you have complete happiness, control of oneself, a high level of self-esteem and awareness which leads to a positive self-expression.
“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and importance, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
– Margaret Thatcher
In life we learn that nothing stays the same, that everything changes. As you change, as you age, you need to maintain that same level of balance in your life, letting your physical form match that of how you feel with the mental and emotional forms to maintain that balance within.
NO BODY — “fits in” — hell; we are all misfits in some realm or another, but the facts are that we are all human, we all have feelings and we all strive to have balance and happiness in our lives. For this reason alone, no one person on the face of this earth should be judged by their gender, race or religion as all of these things are just emotional outlets to help maintain the balance and happiness that we all seek.
I know today that you probably wanted me to talk about the martial arts and fighting techniques, zen and mental clarity. And although that is usually what I talk about, if you take all of that one step further we are all doing these arts for the same reason, to be happy.
Does it really matter what martial art someone does as long as it works? And when I say works I do not mean hurting another person, I mean bring the practitioner happiness and outlets towards self expression as a person.
It should not matter, martial arts is just the vehicle that you use to get you from “A” to “B” and “B” is the destination. As long as you find happiness doing the arts, that is what is of importance, not what “style” that you practice, because the facts we are all different people with different feelings, no one art can truly relate this to every person who practices the martial arts,..this is why I have always said the person is always more important than the art, without the person, the martial arts do not exist.
Whatever martial art you choose to do, do so with complete balance of the Sanshin. Whoever you choose to be, do so with the complete balance of mind, body and spirit. You have the right to be happy, and only you can make yourself achieve that happiness. I hope you all enjoyed the lesson today.
Take Care, Be Safe and Good Luck in your Journey of Budo
Anshu Christa Jacobson
Headmistress of the Budo Ryu – School of War