Oregon mountain bike rides this season: Kent-Phil’s Loop, Bend; Peterson Ridge Trail, Sisters; Forest Park, Jacksonville; Dead Mountain/Flat Creek Trail, Oakridge; Goodman Creek Trail, Lowell; Cathedral Hills, Grants Pass; North Umqua Trail Mott & Tioga Sections, Glide; Gales Creek, Historic Hiking, and Storey Burn Trails, Tillamook; Stubb Stewart Trails, Vernonia; Molalla River Corridor Trails, Molalla; Forest Park, Portland.
September readin’: Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 14 by Peter Clines, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft, Obi-Wan & Anakin #1-5 TPB, ‘M’ is for Magic by Neil Gaiman, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman, The Croning by Laird Barron.
Media: Loved, loved, loved first season of ‘Stranger Things.’ Thank you Netflix!
First off, using Jiu-Jitsu as stress relief is a 100x better than going home and stewing about work, traffic, weather, and/or worse still, spreading this negative energy to loved ones.
So yes, Jiu-Jitsu effectively gets us back to present an in motion. Great right!? Sure, and sometimes it’s just what the doctor orders…
Going deeper, while using Jiu-Jitsu as stress relief probably has a positive effect on our overall well-being, it negatively affects the quality of training.
Because by nature, using something as a release means we’re still engaged in negative chatter having nothing to do with broadening our physical and intellectual understanding of Jiu-Jitsu.
The above scenario is human and happens for a variety of reasons ranging from diet and sleep; to the psychology of unrealistic expectations, personal hot-spots triggered, and the oft-mistaken belief that holding onto and things helps us ‘problem’ solve.
Tying this into training (BJJ Scout & Demian Maia make damn good art btw)…
…high levels of detail and focus require a clear, unhindered mind.
Again, as discussed many times, we’re naturally going to be up and down, the key is remembering awareness, potential, and consciousness is what we are. We don’t need to get all rah-rah Tony Robbins or eastern Guru dude as it takes us from the very essence we’re seeking.
To close, train and be blessed with whatever clarity and degree of insight you have on a given day. =)