Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. Thank you for making the decision to stop by to visit with me. You are always welcome around my table my friend. Last night — on Brain Injury Radio –Lee Carlson spoke to the topic of Innovative Brain Injury Treatments. During the radio program Lee interviewed several individuals. who provided information on yoga, modifying yoga and the benefits of yoga for brain injury survivors.The focus of yoga is to help the individual connect their mind and body.
As the radio program continued, various individuals called in to contribute to the program. One of those individuals shared their experience with martial arts as a innovative treatment. As I listened, I made the decision to call in to the program. When I had the opportunity to contribute to the program, I shared several principles that I learned through the process of my training in the martial arts over the course of the past 17 years. In my experience, these principles have enhanced and empowered my life.
Approximately 12 years ago I started training at a martial arts school. Early on at the school, my Sensei (martial arts instructor) shared some thing with me that helped me to begin to heal on levels that I never dreamed possible. Although I did not recognize the significance of his words — at the time – what he shared with me found practical application in every area of my life.
My Sensei shared with me that obtaining your black belt in his style would be likened to baking a cake. He said, “I provide you with the ingredients to bake a cake. Obtaining your black belt is putting those ingredients together”. Over the years, I have worked on learning about the ingredients, how to use those ingredients and then how to combine those ingredients in correct combinations. By doing so I have learned how to bake my cake and become a master of the basics – in ways that work for me.
In my experience – through my training in the martial arts – I began to embrace and apply several other principles. These principles have been used to shape my perspective and the way that I seek to live my life. I would like to share those principles with you. As you think about these principles, please remember another principle, Progress not Perfection. Several years ago, I heard a riddle that seemed to make little sense to me, until I heard the answer to riddle.The riddle is, “How do you eat an elephant?”
To watch Part 1 of this article in a video presentation format, please click on the following highlighted title: Traumatic Brain Injury and Innovative Brain Injury Treatments Video Presentation Part 1. Thank you.
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