Several times a week I sit down with a small glass of wine and play an on-line game of WeiQi. More than I prefer, however, my games end with my heart pounding uncomfortably in my chest. With this reminder, I vow at the next game to stay focused on playing without surges of feelings.
In martial art fighting matches feelings can surge in the same way. But there is so much power to get from the pounding heart. Yet there feels like there is also so much more power in the still heart.
After I played the above game, I laughed again at my failure both to win and to keep my heart calm. OK, maybe that self-laughter is important too. I will rejoice in compromised laughter and try again tomorrow to play skillfully while nurturing a still heart.
What are some of your little daily goals?