Learning to Seek Within: A Practical Application

Learning to seek within can apply to any area of your life. We all struggle with our own inner turmoil in one area or another. For example, karate is a huge part of my life. It helps me to gain fitness, self confidence, and valuable teaching skills. Each time I test for a new belt is an opportunity to learn more about myself and my self-imposed limitations. Below are a few of the fears that came up for me as I worked my way toward a black belt in Kenpo Karate:

  • Will I get hurt?
  • Why can't I remember the names of the techniques?
  • Will I fail my test because my kicks are terrible?
  • Why can't I do things perfectly?
  • Am I good enough to be a brown belt?
  • Will I be a disappointing black belt?
  • What comes after black belt?

I tend to be my own worst critic, so when a test wasn't going perfectly, things would start to unravel. I found that the only way for me to recover was to pause, breath deeply, and seek the truth within myself. These are just a few of the truths that I found along the way:

  • No one expects me to be perfect, except for me, and a test perfectly executed wouldn't be a real test of my abilities.
  • The quickest way to fail is to give up, so embrace what is and continue to put one foot in front of the other.  

You too can apply these concepts to any area of your life. Please leave a comment below with one area of your life where you think you could apply the concept of seeking within. We'd love to hear from you!


In peace and happiness, 

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