Raleigh Chinese Martial Arts

Milestone Moments : TKF 25

Holiday Time is a time for Markers

by Sifu TW Smith

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Thank You Autumn for the contribution. I used part of it to get a timeline software solution to organize and plan content.

Thank you 'Ghoelis' for goint to iTunes and leaving a review for us. :)

Bob, it was great to work HopGar with you this weekend and I look forward to doing a followup lesson on Google Hangouts.

Travis and I worked through and did an Yi Chuan Stay connected. Works great for many things.

Emails List:

I will start sharing more in December to extend our communication.

Kwoon Events / Holidays :

Thanks giving day I plan to be in from 6-9 am

Workshops : Meditation Workshop Went Great and I recorded it and put the Ebook ~ 20 pages, and the 30 minutes audio in Mp3 is available at the White Bamboo Store for free download for those who attended.

Saturday is Cloudhands Concentration Workshop 8am

To encourage students and those of you who may want to join. Free Meditation Class at 11:30 thru Jan 26th. I am looking at providing Skype or Google Hangout attendance as well.

The Format is open.


Why Don't I spend more time discussing strategies, techniques, styles and systems and sporting?

I will get there periodically.

I make an effort to work on a balance of Yin and Yang. The reality is that 'technique will never save you'. It is going to be your heart, mind and spirit that will take over, and the techniques will happen as necessary. And if you do right, there will be not even one thought of which techniques you are doing. An empty mind.

"Wu Wei" or "MuShin" for most Karate practitioners. It is by far the most advanced part of your training, and requires the yin.

Milestone Moments :

This time of year, in every hospital, clinic, assisted living facility and in our kungfu family. I have to recognize the Milestone Moments.

  • I thought I would be further by now.
  • I thought that I would have this in my life by now.
  • They are gone now.
  • What it would be like if they if they were here.

The Mayo Clinic lists 10 things, here are some that I am very familiar with working with.

  • Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings.

  • Get out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events.

  • Let go of Perfection. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well.
  • Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend.

  • Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.
  • Artwork: Thanksgiving by Carla

Tiny Buddha.com had a little diary. Of where when you start to feel in the funk. Can you slow down enough to recognize the seed of the thought? Here are a list of some things this author wrote that were antidotes thoughts, I added a possible question:

Why did they treat me that way?

"People are mean or angry or sad because they need to be at that time. Just like a lightning bolt, it seems very intense and like it’ll last forever, but it’s only temporary."

Why isn't it this way?

"You can’t control everything and everyone. So why bother trying? Just flow with it. You can’t change the way things happen, but you can change your reaction to them."

I thought I would have this by now.

"Money and wealth are not the same. Money can only buy stuff. Wealth is something money can’t buy. Money is fine jewelry and nice cars. Wealth is a full belly and a house full of loved ones."

Why is life doing this to me?

Life doesn’t assault you or throw curve balls at you; you get what you give. Think you deserve better? Give better.

Why have I failed again? Why haven't I been successful.

"Success has no standard definition." (Neither does failure). The beautiful thing is you get to define it for yourself.

The last one I listed, didn't need a question. My nemisis of for years, even spoke about it yesterday with Lisa and Sun, in their private lesson:

"Life is very simple. We just insist on complicating it."

Keep your heart and mind in order as much as you can. That is truly where discipline needs to lie : Attitude and Lifestyle

This is why I decided to have the free meditation class in December and January. I am practicing anyway. If you want a little support to loosen up, and have like a quiet prayer, open meditation then come join me. I am open to letting you join through Hangouts or Skype too.

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Reminders :

Cloud Hands Concentration Class : this Saturday 8am. http://www.tibetankungfu.net/cloudhands

Pushhands Workshops Saturday, Dec 6, at 7am

Mind and Body Chikung dedicated to enhancing and balancing Sex Drive : Dec 8-13. Check calendar. There is one during week, week night and saturday.

As regular students you have a reduced rate for any workshop, just get with me.

Thank you to Carla for Artwork

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