With so many things that get in our way or occupy our minds, it comes as no surprise that we’re never truly present in the moment – especially when we get lost in our thoughts, worried about the uncertain future or caught up with things that have happened before. The thing is, if we constantly let these things distract us from what’s in front of us, we will not be able to truly make every moment count and might also miss some golden opportunities.
Are you guilty of not being present? Well, it’s time to seize the day because every moment is precious – and once it’s gone, it will never come back. If you’ve been trying to find a way to be 100% in every moment, then read on.
5 Ways Martial Arts Teaches You To Live In The Moment:
1) It sharpens your focus
When you’re training, you will have to stay alert and pay attention to whatever’s happening – whether it’s your coach breaking down a technique or your opponent during a sparring session. After all, the last thing you want is to be caught off guard by your opponent or miss out on the finer details of a technique.
Besides that, you will notice a heightened sense of awareness when you train martial arts, from how your body feels to what’s happening as it is happening. Hence, you will be able to tune out everything else around you and ultimately focus on whatever’s in front of you.
2) It clears your mind
The problem with the mind is that once you start thinking about something that triggers a whole other chain of thoughts, it’s basically a downward spiral that does nothing but clutter the mind. Apart from the fact that it can ruin your mood, it also causes unnecessary stress that is bad for your well-being.
Fortunately, martial arts has the ability to eliminate this unwanted stress and boost your body’s endorphin production. When this happens, you will be less likely to be bogged down by those negative thoughts and as a result, focus on what’s in front of you with a clear mind – and react accordingly.
3) It reminds you to breathe
Energy force (or chi) is about finding your real breath – and through martial arts, you can do so by learning to move outside from what’s within. Whether you realize it or not, how you breathe matters, and can determine how you look and feel, as well as how you sleep.
A large part of breathing effectively is connecting to your core and releasing the breath properly – this is why you might notice that martial artists use such a breathing technique, rather than breathing inefficiently from the chest and gasping for air. When you learn to do so, you will then be able to calm yourself down with your breathing and concentrate on being present in the moment you’re in.
4) It gives you the strength to fight the battles within
Most of the time, we fail to be present because of all our fears, doubts and worries. Hence, we psych ourselves out and this takes us away from what’s in front of us – because our minds are occupied by these inner conflicts. Training martial arts forges an unbreakable warrior spirit within you and enables you to overcome your obstacles. In order to do so, you will tackle these problems head on and also learn to take it a step at a time (and be present when it comes to handling each step).
5) It enables you to embrace the journey
We sometimes beat ourselves up when we make mistakes. The thing is, failure is part and parcel of life – and not doing well once doesn’t mean that we will never ever succeed.
Fortunately, martial arts will teach you to embrace every step of your journey (even the not-so-good parts) and more importantly, not rush to the destination. Thus, you will learn to embrace imperfection and be kind to yourself when you aren’t 100% – be it in or out of the gym. When you learn from your mistakes, you will stop dwelling on the past and can finally focus on the present – so that you can achieve your desired future.