I fly a lot. There’s nothing like being 35000 feet in the air, and suddenly the plane starts shaking violently like a matchbox. Watching people’s bags fly out from the overhead lockers, one has only three choices. I could begin by freaking out, proceed to run up the isle to the cockpit door, only to realize it makes little difference as I have zero clue how to fly a plane. Or I could have overwhelming optimism (thrown in with some belief in a higher power) that this will end with a positive outcome, no matter what. Or, I can reside myself to my fate and that all of life is impermanent. Here, rather, I seek to control only which is in my realm to control, ‘myself’. While acknowledging what I cannot control. In other words recognising I am not flying the plane. In that moment, I can hold myself steady, take a deep breath, and be ready to be adaptable.
Below is the video I mention in the video above, along with the blurb that went with it. This was originally posted on my Facebook page.
No, it’s not just because you learn new techniques. No, it’s not just because of the physical challenge. No, it’s not just because of being able to submit someone bigger and stronger than you. While all of these are in a sense true and important reasons to train, the reason you are so addicted to Jiu-Jitsu is because you are fully there.
There’s a difference to the ‘now’ of modern existence, and the ‘now’ of being present. As Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now suggests, “We created technologies that would help connect us faster, gather news, map the planet, and compile knowledge. We strove for an instantaneous network where time and space could be compressed. Well, the future’s arrived. We live in a continuous now enabled by Twitter, email, and a so-called real-time technological shift. Yet this “now” is an elusive goal that we can never quite reach. And the dissonance between our digital selves and our analog bodies has thrown us into a new state of anxiety: present shock.”