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shi_no_genzou in help_them_heal

Hey, guys.

I haven't posted in a bit, so I figure I'll put up another one of those discussion-stirrin' questions.

Last night, I spent a good hour of my life sparring with some good friends -- Life had gotten irritating again, and I needed to focus. And the way I chose to find focus was to ask my martial artist friends to play-fight, to exercise our skills in a sort of fighter's knowledge-exchange. And in the end, after using my shins to block one too many kicks, I came out a sore Pete. But a happier, stronger Pete, as well.

Continuing with my tread of "what do you do when ____?" posts... What do you do when you feel directionless and need to be centered? Just, something to do that brings you focus. For me, it's martial arts -- especially exchanges with close friends, where we both come out of it smarter and more capable of defending ourselves. I guess it's a good representation of duality and context -- violent actions bringing about emotional and physical harmony.


Physical *is* great if you have the mind for it, and have very understanding friends. The benefit is also entirely dependent on approach.

Some tips, if you have a martial arts background: Find a close friend that you can trust who is on your own skill level, or better than you. Explain that you just wanna work out some frustrations and spar lightly.
Don't focus on wailing away at your buddy -- instead, just focus on landing clean, well-executed strikes. Perfectly even give-and-take at a slow pace is therapeutic as all hell, because no one gets hurt and you tire yourselves out.

If you *don't* have a martial arts background, I'd heartily recommend picking one up. There are lots of styles that are useful as methods of self-improvement, rather than "oh shit, Imma beat the fuck out of you."

On the other subject: ... trivia game? D: Which one? Having a gigantic help_them_heal gamefest might actually help us all unwind from our daily lives.

December 2009

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