While our group classes and gatherings have been completely kaiboshed during these unusual times, I’ve continued to Kung Fu it up in my backyard (including weapons and all). It has been a pleasantly productive time, with growth and new avenues opening to explore and with a wonderful handful of delicious insights.
But there’s an interesting thing about insights:
You never know when they will show up.
You can’t plan for them. You can’t predict them. And you can’t force them. All you can do is go out, practice, practice, and practice some more.
And, of course, that means to practice with intent. Be the force that is pulling for it. Create the conditions for it to show up. Lay the foundation and do the digging and look inside and be mindful and keep looking for what’s missing, what’s next, make the adjustment… and then put it into practice, practice, and practice some more.
Until, without any preamble, there it is. Something new arises! An insight, an epiphany, a shift, a transformation. It might be accompanied with an “Ohhhh,” or a “That’s interesting, what’s that?” or maybe it’s so grand the skies part and the angels sing. Whether it’s low key or a glorious emergence, it’s nevertheless unmistakable.
And it’s yours forever, to move forward into the world with that new understanding, new vision, and new ability, and to enjoy all that comes and flows freely from it. All the while, being ready to lay the groundwork and to continue practicing, practicing, and practicing some more towards the next one.
This is the veracity of Kung Fu, as it is the veracity of any art or skill or ability, including the realms of philosophical transformation and even that of societal shifts.
It is also a counter to resignation and capitulation, taking solace in that uncertainty. It rarely looks like somethings progressing until it moves. And then it does. And it’s glorious and totally worth it for the great days ahead.