Today is a beautiful day outside. The sky is blue and sprinkled with some wispy clouds. There is a strong, cool breeze and the sun is shining. What more can you ask for? Just taking some time to notice and enjoy things like that is part of my martial arts training. Part of my mindfulness training. I would always notice a beautiful day but now I stop and look at the world more consciously and with a different perspective than before.
We are going into fall ,according the calendar, and I am entering the fall (or perhaps it has already arrived) of my life and this changes your perspective as well. “Don’t take your days for granted they are getting in numbered” my mind reminds me if my body does not.
Funny when we are young it is hard to imagine ourselves getting old yet I can see the changes as I look in the mirror. But the changes occuring inside are more powerful fortunately. There is more to me than what I can see with my eyes. My kung fu classes are helping me build a stronger body and mind.
Originally published September 18, 2008