A Martial Arts Dirty Word!
Happy New Year!
And a dirty word to you.
A dirty word?
But…which dirty word?
The word is…
I will explain why it is a dirty word later.
let me say that,
dirty or not,
it is the one word you should know,
especially if you wish to be
a real martial artist.
I do want to warn you,
that if you’re not prepared for a little concentration,
a bit of hard thought,
and the willingness to look your face right in the mirror,
you better skip this newsletter.
Here we go.
Ataraxia is derived from Greek.
It is freedom from distress and worry.
A state of serene calmness.
This is not just a philosophical word.
as in dry old men
who sit around and talk about life.
This is freedom from worrying about
whether some fellow is going to attack you,
whether your car is going to make it to work,
or even where your next meal is coming from.
it is even freedom
from the fellows in Washington,
who do their best to disturb
any tranquil state of the soul.
And here’s the real definition.
Ataraxia is an untroubled and tranquil condition of the soul…
THE IDEAL STATE FOR SOLDIERS ENTERING BATTLE!
we have just scratched the surface of the word.
Dig in a little deeper and we have…
‘live life modestly,
gain a knowledge of the world,
and limit one’s desires.’
That means you don’t need a Ferrari,
a cheap junker will do,
if it will get you from here to there,
which is the point of it all.
If you live modestly and seek knowledge,
you will become free from fear…
you will be happy.
it gets even juicier.
A person who takes no position
as to what is good or bad
attains a state of ataraxia.
Good or bad,
is a judgment.
A person who judges others
has removed himself from humanity.
A person who pursues virtue
will achieve ataraxia.
to become a warrior,
a real warrior,
possessed of virtues and honor,
you have to give up desires,
you have to stop judging others,
then you can become balanced,
and that balance will manifest
as a peaceful state of the soul.
Now do you understand why this simple word
is so important?
Do you understand why a year spent delving into it
will result in yourself as a higher caliber martial artist?
a few work outs a day.
Work outs like in Monkey Boxing.
Every week you get more data,
old training drills that are now forgotten.
New training drills to fill in the pieces.
And an inspiration to work out.
To not stop.
To explore the martial arts
to delve into what makes you you.
Think about it like this,
think about this different way of looking at things:
if something bad happens,
you don’t get upset or emotional,
for it has already happened.
You don’t react,
but merely move to calm the situation.
if you can do this,
then you start to see ‘disturbances’ coming,
and you start to act BEFORE the deed,
thus preventing a disturbance
to your ataraxia,
and helping others to achieve
this ideal state of spirituality.
That’s how it all works.
So why is Ataraxia a dirty word?
Because saying ‘dirty word’ makes people look.
I got you to look.
you will forgive my terrible deed,
and consider a life filled with ataraxia.
And here’s something really sneaky about this,
if i can inject a final word.
You saw the term ‘dirty word,’
your mind reacted,
and you were compelled.
Not very ataraxic,
And the solution is to pursue ataraxia
if you wish to overcome
being a victim
Here’s that MN link again.
Have a great New Year
with a great work out
EVERY SINGLE DAY!
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