Sunday, December 12, 2010
So I asked him about it. He said simply that he had noticed and I hadn't been as focused lately. At first I was taken aback. I always pay attention and am serious about my training. As I started to respond, saying that I didn't realize I had been unfocused and that I hoped he didn't think I wasn't taking things seriously, he sort of chuckled and said "No, no, I think it's all the stuff going on in your life right now."
I've got lots going on in my life right now, and most of it's positive but it was an interesting statement.
My Sensei wasn't concerned in the slightest. He just mentioned that he thought my mind was really busy, with lots of 'stuff' bouncing back and forth.
I usually think of focus as paying attention, really listening and concentrating on the task at hand. I also consider it training in technique seriously and realistically.
The other day I realized focus can be a different thing. I came away with two things:
1. Sometimes our focus is affected by what's going on in our lives. You can lose focus from negative or positive things that are going on. This is o.k. It'll happen from time to time. There's no need to worry about it too much.
2. I plan on spending a few moments on meditation before and after class, to re-focus myself on my training. Life can be so busy, a few minutes here and there can work wonders. In fact, meditation shouldn't be confined to martial arts training, it's good for almost anyone, anytime.
Interestingly, we went on to work on some concepts and techniques after our chat and it was one of the most productive sessions that I've had in a long time. Just talking about focus helped to free my mind and my body followed suit.
Focus means many things. Accepting that my own will vary with the ups and downs of life was a valuable lesson. In martial arts, as in with life, it's always good to look at something from a different perspective.
Focus on that for a bit...