LIVING THE LIFE OF A GENERALIST

When I look at nature (including humanity), it’s the generalists (and not necessarily the specialists) that seem to come out on top. The coywolf, the frog, and the U.S. Navy SEAL are near perfect examples of this hypothesis.

Strive to become a generalist by developing skills in multiple arts and disciplines. Don’t concern yourself with the illusiveness of mastery; over time, and with devoted practice, mastery will manifest itself. The Jiin Senshi (“The Temple Warriors”) focus instead on learning how to move healthily and meditatively and to do so in many different ways and forms. Once general health in movement is achieved, they strive then to move in such ways as often as possible. The Jiin Senshi have discovered a secret: Moving well; moving often; and moving in a way empty of self-consciousness is the secret to longevity, happiness, life-long health, functional well-being, and, ultimately, body-mind mastery.

Becoming a Jiin Senshi takes a lifetime of devoted practice under the careful observation, guidance, and unaggressive training of God’s Spirit and a host of earthly teachers. If we’ll let them, everyone and everything can create a point of organic evolution within us. Hence, the existence of one of my most favorite slogans: Everything and everyone is my teacher.