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:…

Loving Action (Father’s Day)

Being around is not the same as being present. Love, if it is not some hollow sentiment, is inextricably tied to duty. Love is a promise that requires action in order to be demonstrated, proven, and fulfilled. Love’s claim is a debt owed. It is a pledge of time, both in quantity and quality. It…

Martial Arts And The Freedom To Choose

As long as we have choice, we have hope. One of the most powerful lessons martial arts teach us is that very difficult, seemingly insurmountable problems can be solved by applying the right combination of posture, balance, angles, and leverage. What at first feels like a hopeless challenge becomes less and less so the more…

A Little Perspective Goes A Long Way

Some days, all we can do is to show up and that is okay. There is no doubt that, at the end of each day, we feel better knowing that we accomplished something or that, at the very least, we put in a little bit of work toward our personal goals or our dreams. Sometimes,…

Do Something Now For Your Future Self

Waste no opportunity to improve. When we feel like we are stuck, like there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no one by our side to help us through, we should take a moment to reflect on all of the things we have always wanted to do for ourselves, but never had the…