The lessons in our training (especially as beginners) are usually focused on the physical aspects such as weight distribution or structural alignment but not always so.

There are five levels to internal arts training - physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual. Sometimes beginners have opportunities to gain insights into some of the higher levels of training either due to their maturity as a human being or because it is important for them at that particular point of their journey.

When a lesson does present itself, first one must be aware enough to understand what is happening and then second, "dive in" to play in it and... "get it".

Today's lesson is on how to spot an opportunity to learn.

Spotting a lesson in disguise it really very simple, all you have to be aware of are two things.

First - are you intrigued about something enough that it holds a lot of your attention? If you are "always" thinking about "x" then of course you should pursue that path of inquiry and try to pick up the golden nuggets that you find along the way. Notice I did not say digest everything. Trying to absorb everything is a fool’s errand. Be smart about what to digest.

Second - does the situation push your buttons? Are you uncomfortable or off balance? Then there's a lesson here to look for. It's tough to not get caught up in the drama of the event but we need to try. If we are successful we might be able to "see" what pulled us off center. DO NOT relate this to anything but yourself. It wasn't the boss or the kids or the husband that pulled you off center. You are probably off center because you allowed your ego to be in charge.

We often make these lessons more difficult than they have to be. We “fight” the lesson so to speak often denying that the lesson is actually important to us. But as you become more aware and live your life with clarity you'll see the same lesson popping up over and over again until you get it. It's like taking grade three over and over again until you pass.

Internal arts are more about how to live a good life than it is about slow motion movements, and THAT is a lesson that only a handful of players actually get.


Sifu Rod