Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Once more, with intention

I'll never have the dedication he does, nor match the amount of time each day spent practicing. I can, however, learn to practice on my own, daily, and with intention. I will never be a martial arts master, but I can work at mastering the movements in my practice. At to that end, one of my goals for the year it to practice my martial arts more frequently.

When I took up this practice (almost four years ago) I had no idea of how compelling and life-altering it would be. It has changed the way I look at the world, others and most importantly myself. I have relied upon regular attendance in classes to help me work on technique and remain focused. However, with changes in schedules and the expansion of my belly dance classes, I'm now down to one day of martial arts classes a week...when I started I was taking 3-4 classes a week.

It's disheartening, especially since the greatest conflict is with Mirage practice. I really do feel torn between two things I dearly love. So, I'll try this year to practice more on my own, so that when I do spend time with him, the master, my instructor, I won't be struggling to keep up but rather focused on learning more.

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