Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

The cover photo for this entry was taken in May of 2015.  I had just passed my first belt test for the martial art I train, aikijutsu. I train at Itten Dojo, in Mechanicsburg, PA.  I became interested in martial arts as a means of self-defense.  As my interest grew in eastern cultures and practices, my study of martial arts grew into a means of studying mindfulness and living a spiritual path.  I enjoy cultivating my warrior spirit and feel this is an important part of my life dynamic to cultivate.

In this photo I am about 40 lbs heavier than I am now. Today I am a different man.  Obtaining my first rank took me way outside my comfort zone.  I twas uncomfortable.  It hurt to grow.  It was tough putting myself in a physically and mentally demanding environment where I knew nothing.  I find that this practice sharpens the spirit.

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