Other than a few random sheltered individuals, most people know who the Jedi are. Who doesn’t love master Yoda and even have a special place in their hearts for Darth Vader, the Jedi who was led astray by his anger and the dark side? What if the Jedi were real people? Who might they be? … Continue reading Jedi Lifestyle: 3 Ways to Use the Force
Do they reveal things about you or the world around you that make you pause to remember, reflect, or regret? If the answer is no, then what you are reading is safe.
Here is a nice review of a book with Stoic undertones. Both the book and the review are short and sweet.
As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen was originally published in 1902. Though it’s well over 100 years old at this point, the principles of the book still hold. The overarching theme of the book is – What we fill our minds with, becomes what our lives are filled with. This review will be a short one, because it’s a short book. More of a collection of seven essays, all related the the same topic. My copy is only 40 pages.
An interesting analogy used in the book is to relate your mind to a garden that you are in charge of tending. Would you put seeds from weed plants in with your fruits or vegetables? If you’ve ever actually tended a garden and fought weeds for a season, you’ll pretty emphatically answer that question with a “hard no”. Just like the garden, we have to work to keep weeds…
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This was me as a fresh white belt at my first seminar with Gustavo Machado, my head instructor. As I near ten years on the mat in Jiu Jitsu, plus the many more in Wrestling and Judo, I can't help but think about this year and what it will be like. I have never tired … Continue reading Training through the years.
Commit to being more disciplined This year, be more disciplined in your training. Jocko Willink said, “How do you become better? There is only one way – The way of discipline.” This might mean doing more reps during class. You might get there early and do solo drills. Make every move count. With every new … Continue reading 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Martial Artists
Have you ever felt like quitting? Whether it’s a martial art, a marriage, or a job, we’ve all felt like giving up the fight at some point in our lives. So what do we do when we face the temptation to walk away? Let’s look at why people quit. Some do it because of the … Continue reading Quitting: Should I walk away?
Being the good parent that I am, I recently made my children watch all of the Karate Kid movies (except the one I dub as Kung Fu kid for reasons I might reveal in the future). I hadn’t seen some of them in their entirety in many years. As we watched, it occurred to me … Continue reading Even Elvis Had a Black Belt
Who needs truth when you have an incredible tale to tell? Alexander the Great, one of the most successful conquerors of all time, was purported to have wept when he surveyed the size of his kingdom and realized there were no more lands to subdue. This makes for a great analogy even if I believe … Continue reading Your Best Competition––You
I had a wise friend once tell me, “Aim low and achieve your goals. Don’t be disappointed. Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.” While I found his wisdom hilarious, I also thought about the weasel getting a shotgun shoved up his nose by the farmer when he caught it in … Continue reading High Expectations and T-Rex Arms
On vacation at the beach with my family, we decided to take a stroll through an antique store. We do this ritual every year around the fourth of July, so I have seen most of the items in this shop over the last several years. Nothing new to me, but I indulge my curiosity just … Continue reading Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.