Many, many, many moons ago, being a professional baseball hitter, my mindfulness practice had begun without me knowing!

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In spring training, we would go to the batting cages and hit till our hands blistered, then bleed. Repetition is the fundamental path athletes endure to improve.

We swung a bat, a million times, maybe 10 million times with a ball approaching us. It was ingrained in our bodies.

If I could empty my mind, that skill would be at its most formidable. The quickest, the most powerful hitter, I could be, would emerge.
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If I am thinking, my practice skills are not available.

Thought takes time, hitting at this level takes .0025 seconds from pitchers hand to catchers mitt, if we swing and miss.

Strike one..

Thought can take five seconds alone.

Strike two.

Thought dulls reaction, flexibility and performance, drastically at times.

Tense up, think about something and see how slow your reactions become.

Next relax, focus on the breath, let go, let the inner guide respond.

Now that is the quickest we can be.

No judgment or comparison.
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Formless, shapeless, thoughtless,,,, yessssss!

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– Bruce Lee. -
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Empty

your mind,

be formless.

Shapeless,

like water.

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If you put

water

into a cup,

it becomes

the cup.

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You put

water

into

a bottle

and it

becomes

the bottle.

You put it

in a teapot,

it becomes

the teapot.

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Now,

water

can flow

or it

can crash.

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Be water,

my friend.

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Part one: the incredible Zen (Mindfulness) of Bruce Lee!

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“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”
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“Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.”
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“As you think, so shall you become.”
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“The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.”
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“For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.”
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“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee. -

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Can we apply this to our breath, it is the path, the correct fork in the road to travel.

A man who practices 10,000 kicks once, is master of none. His awareness is diluted and dull. His focus is a piece of coal.

Awareness and the kick itself enters the body sometime during these 10,000 kicks. Our focus becomes as strong and brilliant as a diamond.

Awareness is a powerful thing when practiced 10,000 times.

Beethoven, Mozart, Da Vinci, Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan and Barry Sanders all did it.

10,000 kicks goes beyond thought, it enters the body and can happen now, without thought, forever, until death.

Thought slows performance, reaction times, flexibility and quickness.

The road less traveled is this one, one with the mind empty, free, expansive, vivid and joyous.

In my humble opinion, the breath and the focus we build with it, opens the door to healing, to freedom, to mental health, to worthiness and to compassion.

It offers us more power in our daily life than all other skills combined.
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“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn -

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We do this not by creating, then chasing, then fulfilling desires, but by accepting ourselves and our situation in life.

Happiness is not located in any geographical place, or is it contained in any object, achievement or victory.

It is all that matters, so fill your self worth to overflowing, first.

Then, accept the hardships in life as part of the journey.

Resist judgment by staying present and happy will visit your space.

It is all that matters!

That is extremely simple in theory.

So is happiness!
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3 unknown authors and their quotes! voicemail yes, let it go!

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“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.”

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Life is short,

live it.

Love is rare,

grab it.

Anger is bad,

dump it.

Fear is awful,

face it.

Memories are sweet,

cherish it.”

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“When the past calls, let it go to voicemail, believe me, it has nothing new to say.”

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Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music……

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“Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” –

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Can we apply this to our mind?

Can we go to our right prefrontal cortex (positive emotion center), where we are celebrated.

“What fires together wires together” means that synapses grow, grey matter density changes, the mind alters itself, adapts constantly with attention and lack of attention.

Neuroscience says this celebration is contagious and the mind molds itself to be more positive, happier.

Wow!

Wow!

What are you waiting for?
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