Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Training.

I wanted to share a post from CrossPoint Martial Art’s Facebook page that was written by Sabu-nim Hook and myself.  Feel free to add to the flowing stream of consciousness!

“When we face struggles in our life how do we react? Do we react in the same manner as we are trained against a physical attack or do we do something totally opposite?
As were faced with opposition physically we are taught to bring in the force and intent of the attacker to be ultimately used against them. Allowing them to enter our space and then taking control of the power and force they are using as we blend their force with ours into a controllable action that we are guiding. The constant training of our body should also be internalized within our emotional protection also. Trying times are more likely to affect the majority of us through emotional stress more than the threat of physical harm. Look to accomplish the same reaction inside as we train so hard to do outside. Bring the exterior training inside the frame of your being and begin to 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

2 thoughts on “Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Training.

  1. I needed to read this today! I do have a question though…In being provoked in the last few days, of course, I did not respond to the attacker, but I did spend more of the day in tears and upset over the event. Is there a place where the attacks don’t phase you or is just the self control not to retaliate the key? The bottom line is I let Satan steal my joy for the day, which was wrong, but how do I overcome that?

  2. Honestly, there’s a lot at work in this. But first, I would ask why the tears? There are good reasons for tears, and often times these trials are to bring us closer to Christ. James said, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
    Some of the things there: 1) God is building your character. He’s training you to be more like Him and to respond differently. 2) If you lack wisdom to handle the trials, ask God. He wants to give you His wisdom. 3) Believe that He wants to give you His wisdom and you will find the stability you need to stand.

    Anyway, if you’d like to be more specific in an e-mail, drop me a line and we can “talk.” Love ya! Sorry things have gotten to the point they have.

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