On a Question of the Day
BLACK BELT: How “spiritual” is your martial arts practice?
Eric Carr: To me, martial arts embodies the religion of daily practice: physical aspects, thought, writing, reflection. Spirituality is part of the inseparable core in belief and in action. Igor Martin Pereira: Depends on what you mean by “spiritual.” If there’s any mystic or metaphysical sense to it, not at all. But if you mean it as a vehicle to self-realization, I guess I’d regard it as quite spiritual. Rick Harris: To-shin do is very spiritual. It’s more than just beating someone to a bloody pulp. It’s self-defense with a purpose and a solid background in winning. But you can’t have any of that without meditation and good spiritual guidance. Hanif Phelps: Do represents morality. Spirituality is the discovery of your truest self. Martial arts can teach us as much about others as it can teach you about yourself. In a way, our spiritual path is a path of moral inclination whereby we improve others, in effect improving ourselves. May peace and understanding be with you all. John Keating: I’m an atheist. Personal improvement is reward enough for me.