A few months ago, I knew I would be around the states for a few months and was seeking something that could best be described as spiritual Qi. It is the unique space between eastern and western philosophies that involved the heart and dispassion. Once you get a taste that there is so much more in life inside your heart – you will continue to seek. While it is easier to just stay still or regress back where you were, I don’t think it makes for a high quality of life. This is the fear I have with controlled environment spaces for humans. Instead of using them as a tool to continue to grow, they probably will be used to wall-e humans into a sense of faux contentment.
As for meditation, I had to scour the town to find one man who was teaching yoga with the base and foundation of stillness and breathing. Yoga in much of America is no different than martial arts in the west. They show the motion, and you can earn belts, but few are teaching about Qi.
While my physical training has gotten a lot better with the work, something is missing in range of motion and agility, the loss of hand/eye coordination with age. I remember when I was at an elite athlete level at how agile, quick, and fast, I was for the size. Today, I am more like a slow whale with sprinting and trying not to be too aggressive with going all out. The problem is that the human body knows and likes to be taken out to the limits in the full range of motion and ability.
As I typed that, I picked up my head from the computer and looked around the public space and see that America has simply gotten a bit larger. Not so much with muscles, but we are all carrying a bunch of unneeded pounds. I blame a lot of it on fast and processed food and the drive-through everything and everywhere society.
sorry, I digressed again.
so I find myself in a spartan mixed martial arts place that teaches adult boxing.
“have you ever had a boxing lesson?”
that was the extent of the “get here early, and we will ask you about your fitness desires!”
the next step was about 5 minutes in a lesson about a right-handed stance and voila…” time for class.”
Thankfully I watched a video of the number punch system and wasn’t completely clueless until the teacher starts having us do a lot of things southpaw. At this point, I had an interesting young partner the teachers gave me, who made the entire class enjoyable with his patience.
in essence, he said, “you picked the wrong day to start, this is hard stuff to do.”
so what I learned about with the class and never being around the fight game, is that there is a certain raw basicness – almost a primal way to run a business and while the fighter/wonder is a world-class competitor, I think they just are getting too busy with the class size of the gym.
Truthfully, I don’t really remember much in the gym. I think there were a bunch of us older guys amid the younger ones. It was an exotic mixture of people, a few females as well.
I did the class, sat, and waited for someone to explain how the gym worked and the rules. I felt like I was simply a cog in their cash flow stream that would allow them to train themselves? It is an exciting vibe, indeed. It reminds me of the problem I have with the giant scale with American business and how the human is going to be commodified as a non-entity, rather than a living breathing human. (see comment above about my fear with people living inside only controlled spaces)
Now for the fun part of the class. As I bumbled along like a fool and/or idiot with no clue what I was doing and the idea of not caring, I realized that boxing would be great for my hand/eye skills and coordination. I just don’t like the yoga pose stuff, yet, I love the core of meditation and stillness. So for that new fitness beyond the gym, I think boxing will be entertaining. Agility/fitness work will be a huge benefit. The downside is I will be away for a few weeks, and the idea of blending everything into a robust disciplined schedule for a few weeks will have to wait.
The other odd thing about boxing is you don’t want to get hit. It goes against what I knew as a linebacker in that you simply wanted to run something. So the 30-second lesson in dodging/bobbing and weaving will require a LOT of practice, as will the actual technique of the proper way to throw a punch and procedures, otherwise, it will not bode well on my face and brain.
so that was my interesting change.
I guess when you really don’t have any guides, you do the best you can. I had not one clue what was going on last night, and that was ok. The first step is just showing up. The second one is to go back and do the work.
I will let you all know in a few months how the discipline of fitness, prayer, and meditation works out.