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Making Room for Positive Headspace

By Noah Fleder »

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Without a healthy mind space, nothing else can get accomplished. Your mind and spirit are the driving force for you to do anything. If you go into your training with a negative mindset, I promise you the learning curve will be difficult. You won’t have anything besides bad thoughts in your head which is so discouraging. However, if you go into training happy with a positive outlook while truly wanting to be there, you are able to absorb so much more knowledge and conquer a tremendous amount.

One of the biggest ways I practice having mental clarity in my personal life while encompassing my martial arts, is by what I call active and passive meditation. Passive meditation is the traditional school of thought. This helps me to focus on my breath, listen to my body, and release any muscular tension I may have. It allows my mind to have more body awareness. Reaching a point in my meditation where I feel or think of For Internal Use Only “nothingness” and being able to empty my cup has taught me to enjoy the art of letting go. Active meditation is the act of focusing on one thing and blocking out all other distractions. This practice has helped me tremendously in my training. A great example of that is when I am training my forms or Katas (the practice of detailed choreographed patterns of movements). Training Katas demands 100% focus on the task at hand,which does not allow any room for external thoughts such as issues in my personal life. I find true bliss in movement through Katas.

For those of you that want to find a way to integrate more clarity into your daily life, I recommend meditation. Take five minutes of your day to sit down, close your eyes and just focus on your breathing. There is such a beauty to the art of breathing. To feel the rise and fall of your chest, to reach a mental point where your mind and soul feel refreshed, and to take a seat and relax requires discipline.

The mind is the temple of all that happens within your body. Even though martial arts appears to be a sport of combat, it is truly an art for the mind and spirit. Without mental clarity, it is difficult to achieve your personal goals and dreams. Meditation takes time and practice, so make sure to take time in your everyday life to sit down and find a way that works for you to have a healthy mental well-being.