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Mental Suffering is Optional

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There’s a difference between physical and mental suffering.

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What’s the benefit of being present?

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Life occurs in the present moment. If our attention is distracted to the mind’s habitual thinking, then we miss the present.

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Mental training is more important than physical training

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It’s important to remember the goal of training. The goal shouldn’t be to climb harder grades; it should be to become better climbers.

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We Know Something When We Experience It

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It seems crazy that we would think we know how to fall without experiencing it. Yet this is what many climbers do.

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Who is Crazy?

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When outsiders see an activity like BASE jumping, free soloing, or even rock climbing they look from a perspective of intellectual knowledge alone.

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Blinded by the Mind

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In order to examine our lives, we need to examine the mind, to make sure it supports examination.

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Performance is not the Goal

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We all need to find a mental training method that works for us, but by “working” I mean the method needs to train the mind.

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Listen and Look to Observe

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There’s a difference between listening and hearing, looking and seeing.

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Duality Versus Unity

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One hundred and thirty five years ago today, March 30, 1880, Yamaoka Tesshu, the master swordsman and originator of the School of No-Sword, achieved enlightenment.

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Does Unbending Intent Complement Learning?

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At first glance, it can seem that having unbending intent diminishes our learning, such as having an unbending way of thinking that limits us. If unbending intent does this, then it’s not a concept that’s part of the Warriors Way. Unbending intent needs to complement the learning process.

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