Power and Serenity of the Focused Mind
A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, I do not hit. It hits all by itself.
- Bruce Lee
It was this quote, as seen in, of all places, the Damian Lillard cover story for SLAM not too long ago that introduced me to this video. The video was sent to Lillard by his trainer to maintain and improve his mental toughness throughout the season. It pays off in moments like this.
I uncovered the video and Lillard story while researching for the NBA 1st Round Soundtrack piece I wrote earlier this week. While it applies for Lillard in crunch time moments in a basketball game… A. we can draw parallels to moments in our jobs or lives to remain at a place of calm and focus, and B. there is even more depth that unfolds in this video than I saw in my introduction.
One of my favorite quotes from the separate narrator occurs at about the 2:20 mark, and expands on Bruce Lee in the previous 2 minutes.
A calm person having learned how to govern themselves knows how to adapt themselves to others. And they in turn reverence your spiritual strength.
The more tranquil a person becomes, the greater their success, their influence, and their power for good.
I’m all about tranquility and balance so this part of the greater whole really resonated with me to look within and improve upon this strength that’s already there in all of us.
In closing, watch also because, Bruce Lee. 6 minutes of scenes from Enter The Dragon provide the visuals, with Lee speaking on the intro/outro and the narrator in between. The music too, is epic. Perhaps it’ll be as transformative a watch for you as it was for me!
BONUS: This video just so happens to sync perfectly with Maksim’s new episode of Indigo Minute earlier today