I wanted to share a post from CrossPoint Martial Art’s Facebook page that was written by Sabu-nim Hook and myself. Â Feel free to add to the flowing stream of consciousness!
“When we face struggles in our life howÂ do we react? Do we react in the same manner as we are trainedÂ against a physical attack or do we do something totally opposite?
As were faced with oppositionÂ physically we are taught to bring in the force and intent of theÂ attacker to be ultimately used against them. Allowing themÂ to enterÂ our space and then taking control of the power and force they areÂ using as we blend their force with ours into a controllable actionÂ that we are guiding. The constant training of our body should alsoÂ be internalized within our emotional protection also. Trying timesÂ are more likely to affect the majority of us through emotional stressÂ more than the threat of physical harm. Look to accomplish the sameÂ reaction inside as we train so hard to do outside. Bring theÂ exterior training inside the frame of your being and begin toÂ internalize the art that you practice.” – Sabu-nim Hook
“Additionally, we must understand that looking inside should ultimately take us “outside” to Jesus Christ, the source of our strength and peace. Our hope and overcoming can only be ultimately realized in Jesus Christ, making our relationship with Him a necessity for overcoming. Jesus Himself said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)
As martial artists, our training, by design, takes over in times of physical crisis so that our reaction is quicker, calculated, and natural to us. When that training comes to bear on dealing with emotional training, the same end occurs. The Apostle Paul reminds a young man that he is training (Timothy) that “…physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Tim. 4:8)
Unfortunately, our first reaction to emotional stress or conflict is usually a learned coping mechanism that fits our temperament or personality, or a reaction that we’ve learned from our environment growing up. It usually encompasses a survival response (How do I win? How do I get through this? How do I survive?). In the Bible’s New Testament, we find that IF God is for us, who can be against us. Multiple passages indicate that God wants to provide all that we need in these moments. The half-brother of Jesus reminds us, “Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3:11-12) Our reactions indicate what our source of coping is. So have we trained ourselves to turn to Him? To depend on Him? To find wisdom and counsel from Him? Is the reaction that comes out of us in keeping with the Savior that should dwell in us? Have we disciplined ourselves to the point of HIM being our first response; our immediate, “natural” reaction?
As we bring the exterior training inside the frame of our being and begin to internalize the art that we practice, we must not neglect that we are spiritual beings. We must recognize that the survival of our spirit is of greater import than the survival of our physical being, making spiritual training of even greater importance than the physical. Take the time to begin application of the principles of your training to the nourishment of your soul. It will make all the difference.” – Chung sah-nim Bishop