It’s funny how, if you don’t give up, your spiritual and intellectual vision gets ever more acute and insightful. I think that’s what they call wisdom? Anyway, I’ve had several significant realizations lately, all of which coalesced after reading the Alan Watts book and the D. W. Hauck book.
And those realizations, in no particular order, are:
- What I actually study should properly be called “the ageless wisdom” or “the perennial philosophy.” “Occult” is a stupid choice of words that’s really off-putting to 99% of the population. The word “occult” is damaged goods, now suitable only for horror films. Kind of like Tsuguharu Foujita’s mustache immediately reminds everyone of a certain genocidal maniac. I’ve talked about poor word and symbol choice before. How could I be so dumb?
- Cabal Fang, the martial art I founded in 2008, isn’t really a Western martial art as much as it is a world martial art. East and West are increasingly meaningless distinctions. Just because it was born in the Western hemisphere doesn’t mean it’s Western, necessarily.
- I’ve been setting my sights too low. Why do I always allow myself to be hammered flat onto the anvil of mediocrity? I do not want to write books that a few people enjoy or that make a few bucks. I want to write books that change the world, and I will not write another book unless I think it is going to be the best of it’s kind that has ever been written.
And now for your WOD, which is a “mega-Tabata” that will take you 24 minutes.
- Part 1 — Dumbbells. Select dumbbells each no less than 10% of your body weight. Set timer for 24 x :20/:10 and cycle through Squat/Press, Shrugs, and Goblet Squats 8 times. Each round complete as many as you can during the :20 and rest for the :10.
- Part 2 — Static Slow Kicks. Set timer for 24 x :20/:10 and cycle through Lead Leg Roundhouse, Lead Leg Side Kick, and Lead Leg Push Kick. Change stance and do it again. Repeat 3 more times. Execute kicks very slowly and with perfect form (no more than 5 or 6 kicks per :20 round).