Engage and do not resist in life and the battleground
Do we get angry at and resist heavy rain, or do we cover our heads and ultimately get out of the rain? Do we get angry at and resist parching droughts, or do we grab for water, move to wetter places, or even seed the clouds to create rain?
Why, then, do lawyers let themselves get angry at tyrannical-seeming judges, prosecutors and police? Is it because the rain and drought are not able to think evil thoughts and form harmful plans but humans have the capacity and intellect to do both good and evil?
The fighter is weakened who gets hung up on the personality of the opponent. Here is a compilation of ideas I have written about returning to the powerful and compassionate now.
Powerful in-the-present engagement with the people, situations and world around us is an essential daily practice. I have written about engaging in terms of starting through engaging ourselves seeing that there is no out there for the mind; engaging opponents; engaging without judgment or anger, whether an introvert or extrovert;engaging with the present moment and timeliness; and working with clients.
Human conflict parallels martial arts. which is reason enough for me to continue pursuing my daily taijiquan practice. Every time I start feeling out of harmony or out of whack, I need to return to my daily mindfulness practice.
Whether or not he overstates his martial abilities in Cheng Hsin: Principles of Effortless Power, martial artist Peter Ralston hits it right on the head in this video about engaging the opponent to include following what the opponent is doing — rather than resisting the opponent — in the process of overcoming the opponent. I particularly like how Ralston in this video is not withdrawing from nor attacking the opponent too early, just as we can never withdraw from our own selves.