The enemy is internal and we must fight it.
For some weeks now, I’ve been posting once a week about a tradition or school of thought that pursues fulfilment and happiness.
Today’s is Budō which means “the martial way” and it’s a word to describe modern Japanese martial arts but to me, it doesn’t stop there. So bare with me even if you don’t practice martial arts🥋
The way (Dō), is the method, the teaching that enables you to understand the nature of your own mind. It’s the way of the Buddha, that leads you to discover your own original nature, to awaken from the illusion of the ego (who tells you that you’re not enough and that you’re disconnected from everyone and everything). This path is meant to show you otherwise because everything is connected and works as a whole even if we don’t think so.
These teachings strive to unify the mind, the body, and the technique; and serve as a way to self-development.
A sense of morality, respect and courtesy are esencial to the teachings. “This elevation of the human spirit will contribute to social prosperity and harmony, and ultimately, benefit the people of the world”. - Japanese Budō Association
I’ve practiced Martial arts as a spiritual practice and I discovered amazing disconnections in myself and unraveled some aspects of my ego; some I still struggle with. In this practice I’ve found a space to look deeper into my negative self-talk. So again, even if you don’t do this type of practice, anything you do to create a space to listen to yourself and experience at least for a moment that we’re perfect and we’re one, it’s an amazing opportunity for growth. Many schools of thought and traditions seem to look at the concept of “wholeness” in the search of a fulfilled and happy life. To become one with what we do, think and feel; and with the world around us, might be the key 🔑