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Postby TheRumpledOne » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:48 pm

Principle 3: Balance

For the body mind master, balance goes far beyond a sense of equilibrium; it is a great principle informing every aspect of our training and our lives. I call it the Goldilocks principle: ?Neither too much nor too little? ? move neither too quickly nor too slowly, neither too actively nor too passively, neither too high nor too low, neither too far to one side nor to the other.

Balance determines the correct pace, timing, and accuracy we all depend upon for success in sport and life. The human body itself depends upon a delicate balance of blood chemistry and body temperature. It must breathe neither too quickly nor too slowly; it must develop into a unit neither too fat nor too lean, neither too muscular nor too emaciated. Even your intake of water and essential nutrients must be balanced. Everywhere you look, you can see the law of balance at work.

This law also recognizes our natural limitations. It is possible, of course, to go beyond the boundaries dictated by this law, just as you can temporarily resist the other natural laws, but eventually you pay an inevitable price because every action has a reaction, and the more extreme the action, the more extreme the reaction. When you are in balance, you recognize that for every up cycle there will naturally be a down cycle ? and vice versa.

Progress in life generally consists of two steps forward and one step back. Some days are high energy days and others are not. Understanding this, your mind and emotions remain calm when training has its ups and downs, buoyed by the higher wisdom of the law of balance.

Balance: Psychophysical Applications

As it becomes more clear that the world ? and your training ? necessarily involves body, mind, and emotions, balance takes on even more profound significance. You begin to see that physical problems are often symptoms of imbalanced mental and emotional patterns. When you feel physically off, you should ask, ?What?s going on in my mind and emotions??

The word centered describes a state of physical, mental, and emotional balance. The three centers ? body, mind, and emotions ? are so intimately connected that an imbalance in one naturally affects the others. The martial artist knows that if a person is mentally distracted or emotionally upset, he or she can be pushed over very easily.

The following tests demonstrate the uses ? and abuses ? of balance.

YOUR MIND-BODY BALANCE

Test 1.
? Assuming that you?re relatively calm and happy right now, stand up and balance yourself on one leg. (If it?s too easy, do it with your eyes closed.) Note the relative ease of this act.

? The next time you feel upset ? angry, sorrowful, fearful, or distracted, or are facing a difficulty in your life ? give yourself the same balance test. You?ll notice that one of two things will happen: If you meditate (focus attention) on your upset, you?ll lose your balance easily. If you are meditate on your balance, you?ll forget to notice your upset. Physical balance and emotional upset are like fire and water; they don?t mix well.

Test 2.
? You can also gain control of an imbalance in body, mind, or emotions by deliberately doing something out of balance, in order to see the imbalance clearly and to control it.

? To illustrate: The next time you practice any game, spend a few minutes deliberately off-balance, then back on balance, then off balance, then on. You will see your game begin to improve afterward. If you?re too prone to imbalance in one direction, see if you can play too much in the opposite direction. If, for example, you?re too timid in your play, try being too aggressive. If your tennis serves veer too far to the right, make an effort to send them too far to the left.

? This practice will feel awkward, like wearing a suit two sizes too small; nevertheless, it will do you a world of good, because when you can play with both sides, you can then find the middle and regain your balance. I explain this invaluable method of attaining balance more in Chapter 7.

Principle 4: Natural Order
? Natural order accounts for progressive development through time. In nature, one season follows another, without haste, in the proper sequence. A tree grows from a seedling as an adult grows from an infant.

? Only the human being is in a hurry. Our minds race faster than life. Ignoring the law of natural order, we set deadlines for ourselves, rushing to reach these arbitrary goals. It?s true we must make some goals; they?re essential for movement in life. Without them, we wouldn?t get out of bed in the morning. But rigid time goals are inherently unrealistic, because we cannot predict the future. The more long-range our goals, the less realistic they will be. We can foresee the direction of our progress, but we cannot foresee the pace. Life holds too many surprising twists and turns to accurately predict how much time our goals will take.

? Progress is a function of both time and intensity. You can spend less time and more intensity, or more time and less intensity. If you overtrain, you may make more rapid progress and even enjoy a short period of glory, but you eventually suffer burnout.

? Whatever cycles you pass through, trust in natural order. Enjoy each day, come what may, with all your energy and humor. Humor is a good sign that you have a balanced perspective. After all, no matter how magnificent our athletic aspirations or achievements, we remain tiny specks in the great universe; missing a putt or double-faulting a serve is hardly going to shake up the cosmos.
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Postby TheRumpledOne » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:50 pm

Principle 3: Balance

For the body mind master, balance goes far beyond a sense of equilibrium; it is a great principle informing every aspect of our training and our lives. I call it the Goldilocks principle: ?Neither too much nor too little? ? move neither too quickly nor too slowly, neither too actively nor too passively, neither too high nor too low, neither too far to one side nor to the other.

Balance determines the correct pace, timing, and accuracy we all depend upon for success in sport and life. The human body itself depends upon a delicate balance of blood chemistry and body temperature. It must breathe neither too quickly nor too slowly; it must develop into a unit neither too fat nor too lean, neither too muscular nor too emaciated. Even your intake of water and essential nutrients must be balanced. Everywhere you look, you can see the law of balance at work.

This law also recognizes our natural limitations. It is possible, of course, to go beyond the boundaries dictated by this law, just as you can temporarily resist the other natural laws, but eventually you pay an inevitable price because every action has a reaction, and the more extreme the action, the more extreme the reaction. When you are in balance, you recognize that for every up cycle there will naturally be a down cycle ? and vice versa.

Progress in life generally consists of two steps forward and one step back. Some days are high energy days and others are not. Understanding this, your mind and emotions remain calm when training has its ups and downs, buoyed by the higher wisdom of the law of balance.

Balance: Psychophysical Applications

As it becomes more clear that the world ? and your training ? necessarily involves body, mind, and emotions, balance takes on even more profound significance. You begin to see that physical problems are often symptoms of imbalanced mental and emotional patterns. When you feel physically off, you should ask, ?What?s going on in my mind and emotions??

The word centered describes a state of physical, mental, and emotional balance. The three centers ? body, mind, and emotions ? are so intimately connected that an imbalance in one naturally affects the others. The martial artist knows that if a person is mentally distracted or emotionally upset, he or she can be pushed over very easily.

The following tests demonstrate the uses ? and abuses ? of balance.

YOUR MIND-BODY BALANCE

Test 1.
? Assuming that you?re relatively calm and happy right now, stand up and balance yourself on one leg. (If it?s too easy, do it with your eyes closed.) Note the relative ease of this act.

? The next time you feel upset ? angry, sorrowful, fearful, or distracted, or are facing a difficulty in your life ? give yourself the same balance test. You?ll notice that one of two things will happen: If you meditate (focus attention) on your upset, you?ll lose your balance easily. If you are meditate on your balance, you?ll forget to notice your upset. Physical balance and emotional upset are like fire and water; they don?t mix well.

Test 2.
? You can also gain control of an imbalance in body, mind, or emotions by deliberately doing something out of balance, in order to see the imbalance clearly and to control it.

? To illustrate: The next time you practice any game, spend a few minutes deliberately off-balance, then back on balance, then off balance, then on. You will see your game begin to improve afterward. If you?re too prone to imbalance in one direction, see if you can play too much in the opposite direction. If, for example, you?re too timid in your play, try being too aggressive. If your tennis serves veer too far to the right, make an effort to send them too far to the left.

? This practice will feel awkward, like wearing a suit two sizes too small; nevertheless, it will do you a world of good, because when you can play with both sides, you can then find the middle and regain your balance. I explain this invaluable method of attaining balance more in Chapter 7.

Principle 4: Natural Order
? Natural order accounts for progressive development through time. In nature, one season follows another, without haste, in the proper sequence. A tree grows from a seedling as an adult grows from an infant.

? Only the human being is in a hurry. Our minds race faster than life. Ignoring the law of natural order, we set deadlines for ourselves, rushing to reach these arbitrary goals. It?s true we must make some goals; they?re essential for movement in life. Without them, we wouldn?t get out of bed in the morning. But rigid time goals are inherently unrealistic, because we cannot predict the future. The more long-range our goals, the less realistic they will be. We can foresee the direction of our progress, but we cannot foresee the pace. Life holds too many surprising twists and turns to accurately predict how much time our goals will take.

? Progress is a function of both time and intensity. You can spend less time and more intensity, or more time and less intensity. If you overtrain, you may make more rapid progress and even enjoy a short period of glory, but you eventually suffer burnout.

? Whatever cycles you pass through, trust in natural order. Enjoy each day, come what may, with all your energy and humor. Humor is a good sign that you have a balanced perspective. After all, no matter how magnificent our athletic aspirations or achievements, we remain tiny specks in the great universe; missing a putt or double-faulting a serve is hardly going to shake up the cosmos.
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Postby TheRumpledOne » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:52 pm

Principle 3: Balance

For the body mind master, balance goes far beyond a sense of equilibrium; it is a great principle informing every aspect of our training and our lives. I call it the Goldilocks principle: ?Neither too much nor too little? ? move neither too quickly nor too slowly, neither too actively nor too passively, neither too high nor too low, neither too far to one side nor to the other.

Balance determines the correct pace, timing, and accuracy we all depend upon for success in sport and life. The human body itself depends upon a delicate balance of blood chemistry and body temperature. It must breathe neither too quickly nor too slowly; it must develop into a unit neither too fat nor too lean, neither too muscular nor too emaciated. Even your intake of water and essential nutrients must be balanced. Everywhere you look, you can see the law of balance at work.

This law also recognizes our natural limitations. It is possible, of course, to go beyond the boundaries dictated by this law, just as you can temporarily resist the other natural laws, but eventually you pay an inevitable price because every action has a reaction, and the more extreme the action, the more extreme the reaction. When you are in balance, you recognize that for every up cycle there will naturally be a down cycle ? and vice versa.

Progress in life generally consists of two steps forward and one step back. Some days are high energy days and others are not. Understanding this, your mind and emotions remain calm when training has its ups and downs, buoyed by the higher wisdom of the law of balance.

Balance: Psychophysical Applications

As it becomes more clear that the world ? and your training ? necessarily involves body, mind, and emotions, balance takes on even more profound significance. You begin to see that physical problems are often symptoms of imbalanced mental and emotional patterns. When you feel physically off, you should ask, ?What?s going on in my mind and emotions??

The word centered describes a state of physical, mental, and emotional balance. The three centers ? body, mind, and emotions ? are so intimately connected that an imbalance in one naturally affects the others. The martial artist knows that if a person is mentally distracted or emotionally upset, he or she can be pushed over very easily.

The following tests demonstrate the uses ? and abuses ? of balance.

YOUR MIND-BODY BALANCE

Test 1.
? Assuming that you?re relatively calm and happy right now, stand up and balance yourself on one leg. (If it?s too easy, do it with your eyes closed.) Note the relative ease of this act.

? The next time you feel upset ? angry, sorrowful, fearful, or distracted, or are facing a difficulty in your life ? give yourself the same balance test. You?ll notice that one of two things will happen: If you meditate (focus attention) on your upset, you?ll lose your balance easily. If you are meditate on your balance, you?ll forget to notice your upset. Physical balance and emotional upset are like fire and water; they don?t mix well.

Test 2.
? You can also gain control of an imbalance in body, mind, or emotions by deliberately doing something out of balance, in order to see the imbalance clearly and to control it.

? To illustrate: The next time you practice any game, spend a few minutes deliberately off-balance, then back on balance, then off balance, then on. You will see your game begin to improve afterward. If you?re too prone to imbalance in one direction, see if you can play too much in the opposite direction. If, for example, you?re too timid in your play, try being too aggressive. If your tennis serves veer too far to the right, make an effort to send them too far to the left.

? This practice will feel awkward, like wearing a suit two sizes too small; nevertheless, it will do you a world of good, because when you can play with both sides, you can then find the middle and regain your balance. I explain this invaluable method of attaining balance more in Chapter 7.

Principle 4: Natural Order
? Natural order accounts for progressive development through time. In nature, one season follows another, without haste, in the proper sequence. A tree grows from a seedling as an adult grows from an infant.

? Only the human being is in a hurry. Our minds race faster than life. Ignoring the law of natural order, we set deadlines for ourselves, rushing to reach these arbitrary goals. It?s true we must make some goals; they?re essential for movement in life. Without them, we wouldn?t get out of bed in the morning. But rigid time goals are inherently unrealistic, because we cannot predict the future. The more long-range our goals, the less realistic they will be. We can foresee the direction of our progress, but we cannot foresee the pace. Life holds too many surprising twists and turns to accurately predict how much time our goals will take.

? Progress is a function of both time and intensity. You can spend less time and more intensity, or more time and less intensity. If you overtrain, you may make more rapid progress and even enjoy a short period of glory, but you eventually suffer burnout.

? Whatever cycles you pass through, trust in natural order. Enjoy each day, come what may, with all your energy and humor. Humor is a good sign that you have a balanced perspective. After all, no matter how magnificent our athletic aspirations or achievements, we remain tiny specks in the great universe; missing a putt or double-faulting a serve is hardly going to shake up the cosmos.
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Postby TheRumpledOne » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:55 pm

Principle 3: Balance

For the body mind master, balance goes far beyond a sense of equilibrium; it is a great principle informing every aspect of our training and our lives. I call it the Goldilocks principle: ?Neither too much nor too little? ? move neither too quickly nor too slowly, neither too actively nor too passively, neither too high nor too low, neither too far to one side nor to the other.

Balance determines the correct pace, timing, and accuracy we all depend upon for success in sport and life. The human body itself depends upon a delicate balance of blood chemistry and body temperature. It must breathe neither too quickly nor too slowly; it must develop into a unit neither too fat nor too lean, neither too muscular nor too emaciated. Even your intake of water and essential nutrients must be balanced. Everywhere you look, you can see the law of balance at work.

This law also recognizes our natural limitations. It is possible, of course, to go beyond the boundaries dictated by this law, just as you can temporarily resist the other natural laws, but eventually you pay an inevitable price because every action has a reaction, and the more extreme the action, the more extreme the reaction. When you are in balance, you recognize that for every up cycle there will naturally be a down cycle ? and vice versa.

Progress in life generally consists of two steps forward and one step back. Some days are high energy days and others are not. Understanding this, your mind and emotions remain calm when training has its ups and downs, buoyed by the higher wisdom of the law of balance.

Balance: Psychophysical Applications

As it becomes more clear that the world ? and your training ? necessarily involves body, mind, and emotions, balance takes on even more profound significance. You begin to see that physical problems are often symptoms of imbalanced mental and emotional patterns. When you feel physically off, you should ask, ?What?s going on in my mind and emotions??

The word centered describes a state of physical, mental, and emotional balance. The three centers ? body, mind, and emotions ? are so intimately connected that an imbalance in one naturally affects the others. The martial artist knows that if a person is mentally distracted or emotionally upset, he or she can be pushed over very easily.

The following tests demonstrate the uses ? and abuses ? of balance.

YOUR MIND-BODY BALANCE

Test 1.
* Assuming that you?re relatively calm and happy right now, stand up and balance yourself on one leg. (If it?s too easy, do it with your eyes closed.) Note the relative ease of this act.

* The next time you feel upset ? angry, sorrowful, fearful, or distracted, or are facing a difficulty in your life ? give yourself the same balance test. You?ll notice that one of two things will happen: If you meditate (focus attention) on your upset, you?ll lose your balance easily. If you are meditate on your balance, you?ll forget to notice your upset. Physical balance and emotional upset are like fire and water; they don?t mix well.

Test 2.
* You can also gain control of an imbalance in body, mind, or emotions by deliberately doing something out of balance, in order to see the imbalance clearly and to control it.

* To illustrate: The next time you practice any game, spend a few minutes deliberately off-balance, then back on balance, then off balance, then on. You will see your game begin to improve afterward. If you?re too prone to imbalance in one direction, see if you can play too much in the opposite direction. If, for example, you?re too timid in your play, try being too aggressive. If your tennis serves veer too far to the right, make an effort to send them too far to the left.

* This practice will feel awkward, like wearing a suit two sizes too small; nevertheless, it will do you a world of good, because when you can play with both sides, you can then find the middle and regain your balance. I explain this invaluable method of attaining balance more in Chapter 7.

Principle 4: Natural Order
* Natural order accounts for progressive development through time. In nature, one season follows another, without haste, in the proper sequence. A tree grows from a seedling as an adult grows from an infant.

* Only the human being is in a hurry. Our minds race faster than life. Ignoring the law of natural order, we set deadlines for ourselves, rushing to reach these arbitrary goals. It?s true we must make some goals; they?re essential for movement in life. Without them, we wouldn?t get out of bed in the morning. But rigid time goals are inherently unrealistic, because we cannot predict the future. The more long-range our goals, the less realistic they will be. We can foresee the direction of our progress, but we cannot foresee the pace. Life holds too many surprising twists and turns to accurately predict how much time our goals will take.

* Progress is a function of both time and intensity. You can spend less time and more intensity, or more time and less intensity. If you overtrain, you may make more rapid progress and even enjoy a short period of glory, but you eventually suffer burnout.

* Whatever cycles you pass through, trust in natural order. Enjoy each day, come what may, with all your energy and humor. Humor is a good sign that you have a balanced perspective. After all, no matter how magnificent our athletic aspirations or achievements, we remain tiny specks in the great universe; missing a putt or double-faulting a serve is hardly going to shake up the cosmos.
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Postby TheRumpledOne » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:57 pm

Principle 3: Balance

For the body mind master, balance goes far beyond a sense of equilibrium; it is a great principle informing every aspect of our training and our lives. I call it the Goldilocks principle: ?Neither too much nor too little? ? move neither too quickly nor too slowly, neither too actively nor too passively, neither too high nor too low, neither too far to one side nor to the other.

Balance determines the correct pace, timing, and accuracy we all depend upon for success in sport and life. The human body itself depends upon a delicate balance of blood chemistry and body temperature. It must breathe neither too quickly nor too slowly; it must develop into a unit neither too fat nor too lean, neither too muscular nor too emaciated. Even your intake of water and essential nutrients must be balanced. Everywhere you look, you can see the law of balance at work.

This law also recognizes our natural limitations. It is possible, of course, to go beyond the boundaries dictated by this law, just as you can temporarily resist the other natural laws, but eventually you pay an inevitable price because every action has a reaction, and the more extreme the action, the more extreme the reaction. When you are in balance, you recognize that for every up cycle there will naturally be a down cycle ? and vice versa.

Progress in life generally consists of two steps forward and one step back. Some days are high energy days and others are not. Understanding this, your mind and emotions remain calm when training has its ups and downs, buoyed by the higher wisdom of the law of balance.

Balance: Psychophysical Applications

As it becomes more clear that the world ? and your training ? necessarily involves body, mind, and emotions, balance takes on even more profound significance. You begin to see that physical problems are often symptoms of imbalanced mental and emotional patterns. When you feel physically off, you should ask, ?What?s going on in my mind and emotions??

The word centered describes a state of physical, mental, and emotional balance. The three centers ? body, mind, and emotions ? are so intimately connected that an imbalance in one naturally affects the others. The martial artist knows that if a person is mentally distracted or emotionally upset, he or she can be pushed over very easily.
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Postby TheRumpledOne » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:01 pm

Principle 3: Balance

For the body mind master, balance goes far beyond a sense of equilibrium; it is a great principle informing every aspect of our training and our lives. I call it the Goldilocks principle: ?Neither too much nor too little? ? move neither too quickly nor too slowly, neither too actively nor too passively, neither too high nor too low, neither too far to one side nor to the other.

Balance determines the correct pace, timing, and accuracy we all depend upon for success in sport and life. The human body itself depends upon a delicate balance of blood chemistry and body temperature. It must breathe neither too quickly nor too slowly; it must develop into a unit neither too fat nor too lean, neither too muscular nor too emaciated. Even your intake of water and essential nutrients must be balanced. Everywhere you look, you can see the law of balance at work.

This law also recognizes our natural limitations. It is possible, of course, to go beyond the boundaries dictated by this law, just as you can temporarily resist the other natural laws, but eventually you pay an inevitable price because every action has a reaction, and the more extreme the action, the more extreme the reaction. When you are in balance, you recognize that for every up cycle there will naturally be a down cycle ? and vice versa.

Progress in life generally consists of two steps forward and one step back. Some days are high energy days and others are not. Understanding this, your mind and emotions remain calm when training has its ups and downs, buoyed by the higher wisdom of the law of balance.

Balance: Psychophysical Applications

As it becomes more clear that the world ? and your training ? necessarily involves body, mind, and emotions, balance takes on even more profound significance. You begin to see that physical problems are often symptoms of imbalanced mental and emotional patterns. When you feel physically off, you should ask, ?What's going on in my mind and emotions??

The word centered describes a state of physical, mental, and emotional balance. The three centers ? body, mind, and emotions ? are so intimately connected that an imbalance in one naturally affects the others. The martial artist knows that if a person is mentally distracted or emotionally upset, he or she can be pushed over very easily.

The following tests demonstrate the uses ? and abuses ? of balance.

YOUR MIND-BODY BALANCE

Test 1.
* Assuming that you're relatively calm and happy right now, stand up and balance yourself on one leg. (If it's too easy, do it with your eyes closed.) Note the relative ease of this act.

* The next time you feel upset ? angry, sorrowful, fearful, or distracted, or are facing a difficulty in your life ? give yourself the same balance test. You'll notice that one of two things will happen: If you meditate (focus attention) on your upset, you'll lose your balance easily. If you are meditate on your balance, you'll forget to notice your upset. Physical balance and emotional upset are like fire and water; they don't mix well.

Test 2.
* You can also gain control of an imbalance in body, mind, or emotions by deliberately doing something out of balance, in order to see the imbalance clearly and to control it.

* To illustrate: The next time you practice any game, spend a few minutes deliberately off-balance, then back on balance, then off balance, then on. You will see your game begin to improve afterward. If you're too prone to imbalance in one direction, see if you can play too much in the opposite direction. If, for example, you're too timid in your play, try being too aggressive. If your tennis serves veer too far to the right, make an effort to send them too far to the left.

* This practice will feel awkward, like wearing a suit two sizes too small; nevertheless, it will do you a world of good, because when you can play with both sides, you can then find the middle and regain your balance. I explain this invaluable method of attaining balance more in Chapter 7.

Principle 4: Natural Order
* Natural order accounts for progressive development through time. In nature, one season follows another, without haste, in the proper sequence. A tree grows from a seedling as an adult grows from an infant.

* Only the human being is in a hurry. Our minds race faster than life. Ignoring the law of natural order, we set deadlines for ourselves, rushing to reach these arbitrary goals. It's true we must make some goals; they're essential for movement in life. Without them, we wouldn't get out of bed in the morning. But rigid time goals are inherently unrealistic, because we cannot predict the future. The more long-range our goals, the less realistic they will be. We can foresee the direction of our progress, but we cannot foresee the pace. Life holds too many surprising twists and turns to accurately predict how much time our goals will take.

* Progress is a function of both time and intensity. You can spend less time and more intensity, or more time and less intensity. If you overtrain, you may make more rapid progress and even enjoy a short period of glory, but you eventually suffer burnout.

* Whatever cycles you pass through, trust in natural order. Enjoy each day, come what may, with all your energy and humor. Humor is a good sign that you have a balanced perspective. After all, no matter how magnificent our athletic aspirations or achievements, we remain tiny specks in the great universe; missing a putt or double-faulting a serve is hardly going to shake up the cosmos.
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Postby TheRumpledOne » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:02 pm

Principle 3: Balance

For the body mind master, balance goes far beyond a sense of equilibrium; it is a great principle informing every aspect of our training and our lives. I call it the Goldilocks principle: "Neither too much nor too little" ? move neither too quickly nor too slowly, neither too actively nor too passively, neither too high nor too low, neither too far to one side nor to the other.

Balance determines the correct pace, timing, and accuracy we all depend upon for success in sport and life. The human body itself depends upon a delicate balance of blood chemistry and body temperature. It must breathe neither too quickly nor too slowly; it must develop into a unit neither too fat nor too lean, neither too muscular nor too emaciated. Even your intake of water and essential nutrients must be balanced. Everywhere you look, you can see the law of balance at work.

This law also recognizes our natural limitations. It is possible, of course, to go beyond the boundaries dictated by this law, just as you can temporarily resist the other natural laws, but eventually you pay an inevitable price because every action has a reaction, and the more extreme the action, the more extreme the reaction. When you are in balance, you recognize that for every up cycle there will naturally be a down cycle ? and vice versa.

Progress in life generally consists of two steps forward and one step back. Some days are high energy days and others are not. Understanding this, your mind and emotions remain calm when training has its ups and downs, buoyed by the higher wisdom of the law of balance.

Balance: Psychophysical Applications

As it becomes more clear that the world ? and your training ? necessarily involves body, mind, and emotions, balance takes on even more profound significance. You begin to see that physical problems are often symptoms of imbalanced mental and emotional patterns. When you feel physically off, you should ask, "What's going on in my mind and emotions?"

The word centered describes a state of physical, mental, and emotional balance. The three centers ? body, mind, and emotions ? are so intimately connected that an imbalance in one naturally affects the others. The martial artist knows that if a person is mentally distracted or emotionally upset, he or she can be pushed over very easily.

The following tests demonstrate the uses ? and abuses ? of balance.

YOUR MIND-BODY BALANCE

Test 1.
* Assuming that you're relatively calm and happy right now, stand up and balance yourself on one leg. (If it's too easy, do it with your eyes closed.) Note the relative ease of this act.

* The next time you feel upset ? angry, sorrowful, fearful, or distracted, or are facing a difficulty in your life ? give yourself the same balance test. You'll notice that one of two things will happen: If you meditate (focus attention) on your upset, you'll lose your balance easily. If you are meditate on your balance, you'll forget to notice your upset. Physical balance and emotional upset are like fire and water; they don't mix well.

Test 2.
* You can also gain control of an imbalance in body, mind, or emotions by deliberately doing something out of balance, in order to see the imbalance clearly and to control it.

* To illustrate: The next time you practice any game, spend a few minutes deliberately off-balance, then back on balance, then off balance, then on. You will see your game begin to improve afterward. If you're too prone to imbalance in one direction, see if you can play too much in the opposite direction. If, for example, you're too timid in your play, try being too aggressive. If your tennis serves veer too far to the right, make an effort to send them too far to the left.

* This practice will feel awkward, like wearing a suit two sizes too small; nevertheless, it will do you a world of good, because when you can play with both sides, you can then find the middle and regain your balance. I explain this invaluable method of attaining balance more in Chapter 7.
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Postby TheRumpledOne » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:06 pm

Principle 4: Natural Order

* Natural order accounts for progressive development through time. In nature, one season follows another, without haste, in the proper sequence. A tree grows from a seedling as an adult grows from an infant.

* Only the human being is in a hurry. Our minds race faster than life. Ignoring the law of natural order, we set deadlines for ourselves, rushing to reach these arbitrary goals. It's true we must make some goals; they're essential for movement in life. Without them, we wouldn't get out of bed in the morning. But rigid time goals are inherently unrealistic, because we cannot predict the future. The more long-range our goals, the less realistic they will be. We can foresee the direction of our progress, but we cannot foresee the pace. Life holds too many surprising twists and turns to accurately predict how much time our goals will take.

* Progress is a function of both time and intensity. You can spend less time and more intensity, or more time and less intensity. If you overtrain, you may make more rapid progress and even enjoy a short period of glory, but you eventually suffer burnout.

* Whatever cycles you pass through, trust in natural order. Enjoy each day, come what may, with all your energy and humor. Humor is a good sign that you have a balanced perspective. After all, no matter how magnificent our athletic aspirations or achievements, we remain tiny specks in the great universe; missing a putt or double-faulting a serve is hardly going to shake up the cosmos.


Natural Order: Psychophysical Applications

Everyone at one time or another thinks, "I should be doing better ? I should be achieving faster." Like the word "try," the word "should" has little place in the mind of the master. "Should" implies dissatisfaction with things as they are. It is the ultimate contradiction; it's the trembling foundation of neurosis. Our time is too valuable to spend stewing over things that are not.

One good measure of your alignment with the law of natural order is your level of enjoyment during the process of training. If you push yourself too much, for too long, you may lose sight of the excitement that drew you to training in the first place.

So balance your life between pleasure and pain. Notice the natural order of things. Make use of whatever you meet on your path. Follow a step-by-step process, and trust what comes.

Working within natural law, you will not only find self-discovery and success, but you will enjoy life more with each passing year. Training mirrors life; life mirrors training. By examining one, you come to understand the other.

Alignment with natural laws provides the first key to success in sport and life. In the following chapters you can apply these principles to transcend limiting beliefs and behaviors, hurdle emotional blocks, and develop body mind talent ? all steps in your journey up the mountain path.
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Postby es/pip » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:32 pm

almost like playing ping pong with the es today


good times


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Postby cfabian » Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:11 pm

blubbb wrote:I have a strange request. Some of you "pros" already posted a lot of winning trades. I'd like to see some of your losing ones as well. If a trade goes into into the right direction right from the start, it's not really difficult to be profitable... But we all know that we have to take losses as well. So I'm interested in (maybe M1) charts where you had to make the decision when to stop.


I've plenty of those blubbb, as it seems to be my constant in forex. It's been really disapointing to me so far...

Mighty, Dragon, es/pip and else... what do you see on this picture? Am I picking the wrong ZL, or it was ok, but just unprofitable trade?

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