Do You See Heart?

When you look at others, do you see who they are or who they are capable of being?

There is more to who we are than what we think about ourselves.

There is more to who we are than the selves we project into the world.

There is more to who we are than what others think about us, say about us, and project onto us.

There is more to who we are than what fragments of us happen to manifest in our relationships.

Likewise, there is more to others than the way that we perceive them through the filters of our own experience, our ideas, our opinions, our values, and our emotions.

We are all capable of so much more and we should behave accordingly.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

All photos by Robert Van Valkenburgh unless otherwise noted.

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