Why should we try? Why struggle to control our own base desires? Why should we try to be more compassionate and aware? Where do my interests end and my others begin? Why not do anything you want?
Reality check. How can we transcend anxiety and dread from where our ego confronts the world?
Whatever we do, we tend toward an egocentric approach ( the ego is very persuasive). Our base desires run the show of our day to day life, so we must aspire to an awareness beyond the ego.
Preventative health or mindful practice is a practical reason to do yoga, martial arts, meditation, and bodywork. But how do we do that, and, what’s at stake?
Coupled with self-defense, you create more energy, increase positive sleep and engagement in the world.
Here are a few reasons to engage in mindful practices.
1. 'Know Thyself'
Martial Arts controls the ego - one must conquer oneself before you can conquer others. Knowing one's boundaries in Martial Arts is key; not in an egotistical way but a critical defense of self. The balance of boundaries can happen with a regular meditative practice. Without knowing what you are you wouldn't know who to defend and why.
It may not be comfortable at first, but you must work through the pain, negative emotions and memories. These are experiences of change. Over time we can override our primitive lusts and negativity to uncover our true self. We can unite mind and soul (including ego!) encouraging deep trust and bliss. This is a feeling we get when we are sitting in our power- an honest connection and expression of self.
2. The "ego chases" what it wants like an errant child. The ego tests to see if what it wants is quality in nature. Without testing our ego we may be acting on the impulses of our own unchecked inner child. Over time, if we don't test the inner child, nothing changes and we cling to that identity - we encounter ’ arrested development’.
Yoga, bodywork, Martial Arts and meditation offers a chance to see who you are. If we can get a glimpse of this inner state, our inner cage unlocks and reveals the vibrant force of dynamic life. The ego can integrate, as it is a reflection of our dynamic internal force. We can be aware of our higher purpose and true intent. By knowing our true intent we can unify mind and body. By unifying mind and body there is no fear, the ego becomes a natural and necessary expression of self.