Being blessed to have been involved with capoeria, I have a model of life that works for me. Capoeria is an art that teaches you how to play rather than fight. Don't get me wrong you learn to defend yourself, but the vibe is different from other martial arts. In capoeria you view conflict differently, by you making it a game you are more willing to try new things. In trying new things the art becomes you as you develop your style of play.
This feeling , this idea can't help but to come into your regular life. Your life begins to become your roda (ring were we play) and you are constantly in the game. Knowing the rules of the roda or life makes the game more spectacular as you do your moves, and take advantage of what is being given to you. i had to recently look at my life and remeber my training. Some time when life seems to become overwhelming I have to take advantage of the rules of the roda. In capoeria when your opponent gets the best of you or get you cornered you can always brake away and get to the top of the roda to start the cycle off again. This gives you time to get your bearings, and plot a startegy that will, if not get you a victory at least save face. In life we have to do the same. Some time the oppenents we meet in the roda of life seem unbeatable. what we have to do is take a break, give ourselves time to get our bearings, and then come back into the roda (life) fighting.
When you develop this type of reference points for life it makes playing the game a lot easier. I stress game, because although it can be serious this life is nothing but GAME...( commercial for one of my books....PLAYER'S PYRAMID)
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