Lori Hoeck, with whom I co-authored The Narcissist: A User’s Guide, has a wonderful guest post up over at Saya No Uchi, entitled More Than a Hobby: The Martial Arts Lifestyle. Lori’s post describes the flow one can achieve when martial arts principles are interwoven in daily living.
Lest you think this might be all about a dramatic block or a well-placed kick, think again. Lori’s beautiful writing enhances the intention of Deborah Dorchak, our e-book graphic designer, who created Saya No Uchi to explore “the constant discipline of mastering one’s self:”
“Saya no uchi” (the shortened version of “saya no uchi de katsu“) means “Victory in the scabbard of the sword.” The ultimate victory for any samurai was to win a conflict without ever having to draw his sword. . . True victory lies in forgiveness and understanding of yourself and others. It’s avoiding a fight, even though you know you could take down your opponent with one cut. Saya no uchi de katsu is maintaining grace, dignity and compassion in the face of conflict.
Reading Lori’s and Deb’s writing on the morning of Easter Sunday, on which we commemorate the Ultimate Victory – that over death, I thought of the line of my father’s favorite hymn, The Old Rugged Cross:
” ’til my trophies at last I lay down.”
Relinquishing one’s accomplishments or powers in exchange for grace is a venerable message of surrender and serenity.
Peace to all of you.