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In our life, a lot of present time goes un noticed. I’m trying to live in the moment. Right now. Not the past. Not the future. There is little benefit in dwelling in past memories. There is little benefit in worrying about the future. The eteneral present which is really the only time there is.

As we lined up to bow to our professor on Friday’s fundamental class, I was the highest ranking belt, a first time experience. However, a little later, a purple belt and a brown belt showed up late. I didn’t feel conformtable being the one being looked up too, not yet. I thought to myself of my very first class which was a distant memory and here I am now. For me, the joy of the journey isn’t the final destination, black belt, but the journey to it.

Longevity. I am now taking vitamin D3. I was shocked to read that 100 million Americans, out of 300, are vitamin d deficient. A chronic low level could lead to cancer. Your body needs direct sunlight to make it. So, if you don’t get out in the sun very often, you should get tested. You body needs vitamin D for skeleton and muscle health. You need a blood test to know the actual level.

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Six months ago, just before I bowed to enter the mat for a class, I noticed a small picture frame hanging on the wall at eye level. It contained a letter.  The letter was titled, The Way Of The True Warrior.  It had seven prominent words with a description beside each.  During various lessons, professor Pedro Jr. would refer to this letter and mentioned that it was called the Bushido Code.  It’s a code to live by.  The seven words were as follows,

  1. Courage. * Note, the portuguese word for courage is Valente.
  2. Rectitude of Justice
  3. Benevolence  
  4. Politeness
  5. Honesty
  6. Honor
  7. Loyalty

****  reference,  http//artofmanliness.com/2008/09/14/the-bushido-code-the-right-virtues-of-the-samurai

After I started searching for more information about the Bushido Code, it led me to Buddhism. When I was in high school,  I read a book by Hermann Hess, Siddarth, which is about Buddhism.  It is a short book but very interesting.  Twenty five years later, the study of Jiu Jitsu sparked a new interest in Buddhism.  I turned to YouTube.com for information.  I was interested in learning how to meditate so I thought a monk would know and I was right.   There I found two monks, Yuttadhammo, of Canada, and Ajahn Brahmn, of England.  Yuttadhammo has great videos posted on beginning Meditation.  Ajahn Brahmn has great videos on how to deal with the problems of modern living.  Anyways,  it is worth checking them out on Youtube.

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