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How to Stop Thinking

So often in class we are told to “stop thinking”. However, I hold the following opinion: nobody can stop thinking. Unless they die. Well, maybe some Buddhist monks and cloistered Catholic nuns can get close, after several decades of practice, but most of us can’t. Monkey mind and all that. So, I think teachers tell [...]

Connecting Training to Everything

Training is a conceptual metaphor for life outside the dojo. Perhaps more accurately, an ideal dojo should be a safe place to explore all that happens outside it, not just physical fighting. This is a wonderful opportunity, if you take advantage of it. All aspects of my training are analogous to my daily life. In [...]