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Path of the Fighter

I get asked every once in a while whether choosing to be an MMA fighter or combative martial artist is a worthy path. “Why should I want to physically dominate another human, what makes my victory better for the greater good of humanity?” This of course is a very fundamental question for the enlightened martial artist, and here is my take on it.

Reaching actualization of one’s potential requires going through resistance – Facing great challenges. There are a million roads that can take you there, but undeniably few challenges as thoroughly monumental as a fight. In confronting that mental, physical, and emotional trial you will learn things about yourself virtually impossible to know otherwise. You will ask more of yourself than most would even dare. It is not a course that many can or should follow, but for those who are called, there is great opportunity for growth in this path. Many of the most honest, humble people on the planet that I have encountered have gone through this primal gauntlet.

Because of this, the fighter shouldn’t look at the fight as a zero sum game, where one loses and the other wins. Both are providing each other with a worthy challenge to overcome, and that is what is invaluable. Entering the cage is a voluntary, solitary choice and as far as money goes, there are a lot of other options with much higher pay outcomes. The path of the fighter can and should be a path with heart.

But there are of course caveats: In following this path if the goals are purely fame, money, and ego one may miss the whole point of the experience (Ahem, Mayweather). And there is also the risk of damaging the hardware that runs the operating system (Brain). Generally the brain injuries in fighting are cumulative so if one can keep the headgear on in training, avoid ego based gym wars, and get out earlier than you think you should– the way of the fighter can be a viable choice.

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Mementos from India – Ganesh

He has more than 108 names and is praised for his wisdom and ability to remove obstacles. His elephant characteristics have subtle meanings; his big ears remind us to listen and understand what we hear. His large elephant head is a reminder to acquire as much knowledge or wisdom as we are capable of, and the big belly invites us to absorb all of lifes experiences. [click to continue…]

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Evolution, Success, and Happiness

Whatever we are going through is part of the planetary struggle to evolve.

- Barbara Marx Hubbard

I believe the primary reason many of us are unhappy is because of our need to evolve as a species. [click to continue…]

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The Collective Brain and Human Evolution

The role of human imagination is to conceive of all these delightful futures, choose the most amazing, exciting, and ecstatic possibility, and then pull the present forward to meet it.

- Jason Silva

We have gone beyond the capacity of the human mind to an extraordinary degree. Human society, through exchange and specialization, has created the ability to do things that we don’t even understand. [click to continue…]

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Freedom: Understanding Views

Nirvana can be translated as freedom, freedom from views. And in Buddhism, all views are wrong views. When you get in touch with reality, you no longer have views. You have wisdom. You have a direct encounter with reality. And that is no longer called views.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

When you hold certain views on the world – you begin to create your own perceptions. A false understanding of the world. [click to continue…]

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Memories of Past Experiences

Which is more important: actual experiences, or the memories that remain when the experiences are over?

- The Book of Questions

How blessed are we to be able to remember past experiences? A simple thought of a past experience can bring us immediate happiness – as if the experience had actually just happened. [click to continue…]

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Confidence Tip | How to Improve Eye Contact

The eyes are the windows of the soul…. If someone was to look into your eyes, what would you want them to see?

- E.L. Konigsburg

Strong eye contact is probably the most underused skills. For the many socially anxious people, by not looking at someone’s face they can remove one area of social stimulation and make the interaction feel less overwhelming. [click to continue…]

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Human Nature | Why Humans Show Off

Human Nature is backwards. Ask yourself why?

We feel the need to prove everything to others before proving anything to ourselves.

We find it easier to make promises to others rather than keeping promises to ourselves.

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Human Nature | Dominance in Eye Contact

A long time ago, our male ancestors had to compete for territory against other males.

It started with Dominance. In the animal kingdom, dominant males exhibit the highest level of eye contact. When you stare into the eyes of another male, you project both strength and aggression [click to continue…]

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Focus on the Moment – Enjoy Life

Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.

- Frank A. Clark

Count how many times throughout the day you are doing something, and soon realise that you are somewhat distracted and not 100% focused on what you are actually doing. [click to continue…]

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