Of all the stories of physical discipline I've ever read, that of Mas Oyama remains my favorite. Featured in the book, Zen In The Martial Arts (Hyams), the tale is told in just a few pages. Yet a powerful story it is. The basics? Karate-master, and amazing physical specimen Oyama, lived for a year and a half alone, in the desolate mountains of Japan. He ate the simplest, most nourishing foods. Fruits, vegetables, seeds and the like. To develop his body: He did 2,000 push-ups per day.
He pounded his fists upon trees until his hands bled. Another means of building his core-power, and perhaps his Chi as well. Chi being the force believed by Taoists, and many a martial arts master, to be the vital force inherent in all living things. And for further development of a more spiritual bent. He meditated under ice-cold waterfalls, hours at a time. As author Hyams claims, 'creating a state of intellectual tension conducive to attaining enlightenment.'
Riveting stuff to ponder.
And evidence I'd suggest of several things:
That you need nothing save your own body, and a willingness to challenge yourself, to build a physique of which you can be proud. That the harshest of terrain, or toughest of circumstance (even when self-imposed), may well bring out the very best in you. Should you embrace the situation and give it all you've got. And that the human body - and mind for that matter - is capable of one heck of a lot more than modern Man has been led to believe.
Speaking of which: The mass of Man, I'm betting, might do well to take a page out of Oyama's book. Drop burger, fries, soda. And reach for fruit or vegetable instead. As these are foods which provide a nourishing, cleansing effect upon the body. Plus: Head out for a run or two, afternoons. Or at least drop down for 15 minutes of calisthenics each morning. Which is not too much to ask, I'd say. Particularly when you consider the amazing disciplined feats of the likes of Mr. Oyama.
Yes, it's a simple plan.
Yet it's a chance at bringing out the very best in you, inside and out.
Exercise each day, as stated above. Running and simple calisthenics (squats, push-ups, crunches and the like) are great ways to begin. They can help transform you as they did Oyama, head to toe. It was true in my case. I can tell you that without question. Make the overwhelming amount of your diet raw plant foods. These are Nature's most nourishing fare. I'd be NOWHERE without them. Ah yes...One more thing: Do like Oyama would (I bet). Shut off T.V.
Unless you're going to hold it overhead and do squats with it.
Meditate under ice-cold waterfall, instead.
Jeff Sekerak, 2017
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