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The Four Noble Truths Series — Noble Truth #3: The Truth of Cessation

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The Third Noble Truth is Nirodha. It is a liberation one experiences when they let go of their suffering. This happens when one can release from their desire to hold on to what is causing their suffering. One can be in a state of suffering for three reasons: 

the first is they are unconscious to their choices; the second, they are resisting the flow and changes of life; and third, they suffer due to the pains of birth, aging, sickness or death. By simply acknowledging your suffering exists and identifying the reason or cause for the suffering, it creates the possibility for you to end your suffering by letting go. When you let go, you are choosing nirvana, a state of enlightenment which transcends suffering. 

It is helpful to remember the adage, “Leave the baggage of the past and carry the lesson with you.”  With this intent there is a freedom that comes when you can detach from the desire to keep things as they were, to hold on to the person you were yesterday, and release yourself from the sufferings happening to you. 

Here is a video that shares a buddhist’s story about “Letting Go”. A great reminder how we may not be able to choose what happens to us, but we certainly have a choice on how we will respond to it. 

By Kohai Dianne Hadad
3rd Degree Black Belt, Renge Dojo
Certified Professional Coach, Warrior Spirit Circle
647-203-4882 |  dianne.hadad@gmail.com

The WARRIOR SPIRIT CIRCLE creates conversations for kids, parents and martial artists to discover their true self and embody their warrior spirit. Our mission is to share the practical wisdom from the classical martial arts virtues and philosophies to inspirit resiliency, confidence and vibrancy. 

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Improve your flexibility by Kohai Savas

Hello all,

How are you doing?

I have instructions from Sensei to help you improve your stretching; so that, you can kick to the head in 6 weeks.
I want you to know this is absolutely possible if you put your mind to it. Here are some fun and lightly informative videos to help you wrap your mind around it.

This program will help you improve in the next 9 weeks.  
Here is your stretching routine for 20 min everyday for 6 weeks.
Do this after your karate class or your leg workout.
Make sure to give yourself a rest-day for recovery twice a week.
Here is your Routine: 
 
To Warm Up
Swing each leg forward and back 20 times, side to side 20 times.
Sit in Centre Splits for 10 minutes
For this stretch Prepare some props - pillows and blankets, blocks to support your your stretch. Tilt your hips back a little bit to open up the legs.
Side Splits for 5 minutes each side
Make sure you keep your back knee rolled under and supported on a cushion. Also for all of these use yoga blocks - books under your hands to help you hold.
Tips for success: 
1. Write down your WHY! why do you want to achieve this goal and put it on your mirror or use an image to help you visualize yourself kicking to the head or sitting in splits. (Mind over matter)
2. Use resisting technique few times at the beginning of your stretch - by activating the muscles for 60 seconds then relaxing them further.
3. Use affirmations  "I am strong and flexible - I move with ease" or say a prayer during long holds. This will help you keep your heart and mind in the right frequency during pain.
4. Observe your negative mind and emotions; which excuses does your mind present to you to stop the pain? In 10 minutes your mind will present very convincing reasons with intense emotions to make you stop. Work on letting go or reframing of the thoughts and emotions that raise up. Be curious, grateful and kind towards yourself; and STAY WITH THE POSE.
I am cheering for you!
Gambate!
Kohi Savas
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The Four Noble Truths Series — Noble Truth #2: The Cause of Suffering by Kohai Hadad

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Did you know the Buddha, who came up with the Four Noble Truths, is often compared to a physician. Like a physician, the first Noble Truth is identifying and diagnosing the problem; what is the suffering. Then with the Second Noble Truth, their role is identifying the cause of the suffering. It is not enough to just know what the pains or challenge are of a situation, we must also understand the root cause of this suffering. 

Often the root of suffering is caused by our inability to let go and instead we cling to things such as an idea, a situation, a person, an emotion, or an identity. Clinging to any of these will cause greater suffering. For it is our inability to accept the changes of things, circumstances and people, which locks us into a state of dissatisfaction, frustration, overwhelm, and at times anger. 

Life is going to have the ups and downs and the Four Noble Truths teaches us how to manage and be resilient in the times of pains. I am not saying we deserve to get hurt, but the disruption happens because it is trying to teach us something. There is a cause, a reason accidents happened and quite honestly when we don’t listen to the messages around us our fate will keep bringing the messages back to us bigger and bigger until we decide to acknowledge these root causes and make the adjustments necessary. 

Karate training taught me the Japanese proverb, “Nana korobi ya oki” which is “seven falls, eight getting up.”  It’s meaning ignites one’s perseverance to keep going but it’s not just about standing back up to possibly get knocked down again. Instead it is a moment to understand why the suffering is happening, and what is causing this situation, and more importantly, acknowledging what we need to learn from this situation so we may release ourself from it and move forward. 

Freedom of suffering comes with understanding and the acknowledgment of what is causing our pains and letting go of it.
Now the choice becomes ours, if we will stand in our power or get knocked down again. 

 

By Kohai Dianne Hadad
3rd Degree Black Belt, Renge Dojo
Certified Professional Coach, Warrior Spirit Circle
647-203-4882 |  dianne.hadad@gmail.com

The WARRIOR SPIRIT CIRCLE creates conversations for kids, parents and martial artists to discover their true self and embody their warrior spirit. Our mission is to share the practical wisdom from the classical martial arts virtues and philosophies to inspirit resiliency, confidence and vibrancy.