Everything around us is in constant movement. Life is continuously changing every second in different levels, unfolding along the lines of movement, expansion, contraction, growth and decay. This “movement”of life might be perceived by the senses as physical, spatial or chronological phenomena and it plays an essential role in the way we see ourselves and our interactions with the environment.
if we want to gain a better understanding of ourselves we must understand these movements and how they synchronize under a constant pulse. Everything in the natural world operates under a pulse, from the rotation of the stars and planets above, to our hearts’ beating sixty times per minute below.
The purpose of this article is to emphasize the importance of movement and its relation to natural laws. Life is made by movement. If we understand the importance of movement and its implications in our daily life, we may be able to have a better understanding of the dynamics of life and the forces behind them.
One example of this, is the importance of breathing. Breathing is movement, it is an interaction of inhalations and exhalations. We tend to take the process of breathing for granted that we hardly pay attention to the way we breathe. A high percentage of the population breathe incorrectly due to their lack of attention to the process itself. Breath is life, and by denying ourselves the opportunity to breathe correctly, we are giving away our power.
if we breathe incorrectly it creates a chain reaction that can have a negative impact in our health and in the way we perceive the world. By improper breathing we starve our blood cells of oxygen, which in turn can have an adverse effect in our brain’s functioning, cognition and chemical processes. Chemical processes that are intimately related to our moods and states of mind.
In brazilian Jiujitsu like in any other prominent martial art, mastering breathing is essential. It allow us to escape uncomfortable positions, while remaining calm to look for better options of transition. In the same manner in daily life, when “things are not going our way”, if we have a conscious control of our breathing and actions, it would be easier to take the most efficient solution for any given situation and to transition to prosperous grounds.
It is important to recognize your individuality. Each and everyone of us are unique beings. Even though we operate under universal natural laws, it is essential to develop the necessary sensibility to recognize your needs. Remember that almost every plant needs water to survive, but the quantity and conditions are predetermined by the nature and characteristics of the plant itself.
This phenomena is recognized in the world of grappling as “game”. Each jiujiteiro has their own way of expressing themselves, their unique fighting style, which is highly dependant in their physical attributes and mental dispositions. To find balance in your “game” takes time, training and constant experimentation. But once it is found, is one of the most rewarding experiences that money can’t buy, it gives purpose and sense of direction to your grappling experience. It has the potential to make you a better person in different levels if allowed.
Again, we go back to the importance of movement, which is the backbone of Jiujitsu, to be an effective practitioner you must be able to transition with ease from one position to the other. The main goal is to move to the most dominant position which facilitates the implementation of leverage in your opponent and render him to submission.
In the same way, in daily life we must find our “game”. To find it is essential to be patient and sensitive to our individual needs. We are organic and complex beings, so it is of great importance to take the time, dedication and practice to know ourselves through our mind, body and its relative functions. Go out and expose yourself to new experiences, enroll in Brazilian Jiujitsu, read diverse books, interact with your surroundings and be open to different perspectives. You never know where it might lead you. Remember that the origin and end of life might not be ours to know or control, but how we live it, experience it, and the legacy we would leave behind, that… is completely under our control and disposition!
“Life is a journey, not a destination”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Become a master in the art of living. Specially in these times where stress seems to be the norm. Learn to know your body, your body is wise when it works in harmony with your mind and soul. It regenerates in the same manner nature does in proper conditions. Do physical activity every day, walk, breath consciously and be joyful!