While injury is easily misunderstood as something to be avoided at all costs, a true practitioner knows that even in these apparent setbacks, there are lessons. Depending on the point of view, "unfortunately", they are a part of any sustained physical practice. If a temporary inability to perform on the mats means, in your mind, that you can no longer practice, then you are likely missing the point. Great understanding and appreciation of subtleties are available for the adept student who is able to use the time constructively to focus on details and other areas of their practice. As in any aspect of life, there are setbacks. It is up to you to choose whether or not you allow them to be temporary and frustrating or if you choose to make them fluid and illuminating.

Key Points

  • Do not let a fear of injury keep you from practice.
  • Embrace every obstacle life presents you with as an opportunity for deeper understanding and personal growth.
  • Use the opportunities to gain deeper perspective, from the outside looking in, as you view class from the edge of the mats. This same ability is crucial in every aspect of your life.

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