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Stillness: be the lighthouse in the storm

In the face of incessant barrages of demands, pushy behaviour, bullying, anger, road rage and all other sources of stress, bring the mind back to stillness.

When your own insecurities flare up, notice them in your mind. Although you may not be able to silence them, name them. Observe what comes up (the need to be right, to have the last word, to retaliate...) then make a conscious effort to come back to stillness.

Stillness gives you choice – the choice to apply the correct response to the situation you face, and arrive at an outcome that you won't regret.

Nowhere is this more evident in our martial arts practice as in sparring, where you either get consumed by all sorts of impulses and give in to your darkest thoughts, or you constantly, relentlessly bring yourself back to stillness, stay in control and keep going.

In the face of the storm, be the lighthouse that keeps that light shining out.

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