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November 07, 2017

The Calm Of Zen And Pools

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It’s time for a weekend getaway in that newly opened inland resort just a few miles away, which you can further check out in these reviews of durable and inflatable hot tubs!

After all, it’s not every day that you get to relax and take a breather from your hectic work life. But when you finally do, it would probably only involve you idling on the couch all day or you playing video games all day. Then again, why don’t you make your day even more relaxing – especially when it comes to your physical health – like you are just reading a book by the poolside with the warm sun shining down on your body within a beach-like ambience by taking advantage of the calm of Zen as you take a breather from your hectic work life?

You see, the calm of Zen is not just about you being able to achieve the utmost benefit of meditating for your body to relax and boost its energy after weeks of being under heat and tension from your work life. It’s also for you to keep yourself physically healthier than ever as the benefits of meditating go beyond one’s expectation with its anti-inflammatory properties that you can also find in drinks like tea, which also helps you fight off the perils of having critical diseases.

After all, it’s also not every day that you get to rejuvenate and make a changer from your frantic home life. And when you finally do, it would probably just involve you lying on the bed all day or you watching TV shows all day. And then again, why don’t you make your day even more rejuvenating – especially when it comes to your mental health – like you are just drinking a smoothie by the poolside with the cool air blowing on your face within a beach-like atmosphere by taking advantage of the calm of pools as you make a changer from your frantic home life?

You also see, the calm of pools is not just about you being able to achieve the utmost benefit of swimming for your brain to rejuvenate and boost its immunity after weeks of being under pressure and strain from your home life. It’s also for you to keep yourself mentally fitter than ever as the benefits of swimming go beyond one’s expectation with its antioxidant properties that you can also find drinks like coffee, which also helps you fight off the hazards of having crucial distractions.

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August 31, 2017

Finding Zen in Martial Arts

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The principle of avoiding conflict and never opposing an aggressor’s strength head-on is the essence of aikido. We apply the same principle to problems that arise in life. The skilled aikidoist is as elusive as the truth of Zen; he makes himself into a koan—a puzzle which slips away the more one tries to solve it. He is like water in that he falls through the fingers of those who try to clutch him. Water does not hesitate before it yields, for the moment the fingers begin to close it moves away, not of its own strength, but by using the pressure applied to it. It is for this reason, perhaps, that one of the symbols for aikido is water. – Joe Hyams, Zen In The Martial Arts

Zen is synonymous meditation, which serves as the simplest form of explanation to a philosophy and way of life that many find too difficult to explain. It is described in many ways — a mindset, attitude, belief system, a sense of peace, mindfulness, and so much more. For many, the journey to understanding Zen takes years or a lifetime. Something that many of its followers embrace.

Many martial arts, especially ones popular in Japan like Aikido, Karate, Kendo (swordsmanship) and Kyūdō ( Japanese martial art of archery) have a deep connection with the teachings of Zen. There are stories of warriors during the ancient times like samurais gaining interest in Zen. The warriors who have studied and practiced were drawn to benefits like increase in mental focus among others.

While not directly taught or embraced by most martial arts nowadays, Zen continues to provide inspiration to many practitioners. Martial artists who study, follow and incorporate its teachings claim to have experienced the mental, emotional, and even physical benefits it provides. Zen may not be part of a black belt test, but those who practice it consider it as an integral part of their martial art journey.