Presence Now

We cannot make up for our past absence.

The best we can do is to be available now.

Be present now.

We cannot make up for lost time.

It is vanity to even try.

Time passed will never return.

This moment is here, now.

Remove expectations.

Remain open to possibilities.

Be here, now.


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 Kogen Dojo Self Defense Academy where he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

All photos by Robert Van Valkenburgh unless otherwise noted.

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