The body is but the container of what some call “The Soul”. A vessel for us to function and exist. And as a container, we allow it to become the image we project to others, the exterior expression of The Soul.
Humans seek to express themselves one way or the other: through visual art, music, dancing, writing, and many more. These all require the use of our body one way or the other, but the most important part is never the body itself, since it is the tool, the channel. To express something we must first have something to express, and therefore we need a Soul or a Spirit, emotions and a mind. Without each other they are nothing.
As I mentioned, there are many ways of expression, where each one of them has their own appeal and can express many different things without excluding the others. One of my personal favourites is Martial arts.
When we refer to martial arts, what jumps to mind to most is violence, a method of self defense, a means of conquering or destroying your opponent. Yet, as many practitioners have realized, is nothing but the opposite. Modern Martial Arts not only give you means to defend from possible opponents and threats, but most importantly, they show you the way of respect, discipline, hard work and patience, among many other virtues.
Martial arts could compared to a way of dancing, as the body moves to the pace dictated by our minds and spirit, it reflects our inner state of the self. They are no more than a reflection of our inner state. A profound expression of the being and the soul.
He who develops his art, develops his spirit.
He who controls his art, controls his spirit.
He who masters his art is a master of his spirit.
In moments of turbulence, it is the spirit that musts remain calm. For a calm spirit is reflected in the body.
“The bottom of a cup cannot be seen clearly if the water is turbulent, but when it is calm, the bottom can be seen clearly”
This is how we express ourselves through our body, movement and art.
It matters not our way of expression nor the style of our art. What matters is the way we develop and master it, for mastering your art is mastering your spirit.