Last week, I received voice mail from my Dad, asking me to give him a call back when I had a minute, because he’d been thinking of some things and wanted to talk to me about them.
He had a sort of excitement in his voice.
The same sort of excitement a scientist might have after making a new discovery. Unsure of what to expect, I called him back.
The following is a letter I wrote to a dear friend in response to his questions concerning my practices of meditation. Considering that this is becoming a popular method of practicing mindfulness, it is our hope that the topics discussed in this letter could be of use to many of our readers. Enjoy!
First off, let me applaud you for the sincerity with which you have undertaken this endeavor. I have no doubts that you are growing daily because of this pursuit. The farther I go down this road, the more clearly I see that all of life’s joys and woes stem directly from our thinking mind, and our ability to navigate its landscape.
A man who has true control over his thoughts becomes invincible to circumstance.
I have spent a great deal of time meditating over the past 7 years or so, and have given many of its forms due diligence. Truthfully, the type of meditation matters little compared to the sincerity with which it is practiced, and the reasoning for the very practice itself.
Seven short years ago
I began a lover’s quarrel with Jiu Jitsu
As my intentions waned too and fro
I had no idea what this journey would amount to.
I competed and fought
I tore ligaments from finger to knee
The greatest lesson this journey has taught
Is I have the control to decide who I’ll be.
I at once began to learn how to fight
to be able to subdue my fellow man
It wasn’t until I let go of physical might
that I learned all that Jiu Jitsu can.
“This food reveals our connection with the earth. Each bite contains the life of the sun and the earth. The extent to which our food reveals itself depends on us. We can see and taste the whole universe in a piece of bread!”-
It’s true. I found gratitude while eating a bowl of beef stew.
“He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.” –
On rare occurrences, life moves in such harmony where it provides you with an experience that prompts you to question why something happened, and then subsequently provides you with the answer the next day. A few days ago, I was lucky enough to experience this phenomenon.
“I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do.”
Around 2,400 years ago in ancient Athens, mankind was dealt a humbling blow to our collective self-confidence, and it came by the way of Socrates.
We all know the name Socrates, but few know what he stood for.
“Let no act be done without purpose”
I have been given the rare opportunity to teach Jiu Jitsu for a living. This is a privilege that I wake up everyday grateful for, and a responsibility that I hold dearly. I understand how rare it is to be employed through a labor you genuinely love, and one which can be used as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of others. Even rarer still, I am often reminded of the quality of Jiu Jitsu I have learned, and the opportunity to have learned it.
Nearly 7 years ago, while working as a strength and conditioning coach, a friend suggested that I try learning Jiu Jitsu at the school right down the road from my house, and it wasn’t until some enlightening years later when I realized the fortune of having that school be led by Ricardo Almeida.
Fast forward to today
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching” -C.S. Lewis
Guys, I solved it!
I finally figured out the answer to a question that has confounded humanity for thousands of years!
Perhaps for those who fundamentally subscribe to the Hindu & Buddhist religions, this question has already been answered, but for the rest of us, it’s still persisted:
Is Karma Real?
And, I, Chad Daniels, have finally answered that question definitively:
It doesn’t matter whether or not Karma is real.
Yes, I said it. That’s not a knock on Buddhism or Hinduism. They may be right, and all of our actions in this life will influence the situation of lives further on. That one, I can’t answer. However, it should not influence the way we act in our day-to-day lives. Why?
With extreme gratitude we announce the release of my new book #Human: Learning To Live In Modern Times. Very much in line with the ideologies of My Mastery: Learning to Live Through Jiu Jitsu, this book dives straight into the matter of cultivating an amazing life. Traversing the spiritual landscape from seeing through the illusion of self to serving our fellow man, this book is a guide in assisting the reader’s growth toward a self-actualized life. This is the preface of that book, and I hope it finds you well.
Pre-orders for the Ebook are available now on Amazon, and both the Ebook and Paperback will be available on Monday, December 15th.
All of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Feeding America! This means that each Ebook sold will secure and provide 62 meals to those in need, and each and every Paperback will provides 42 meals! Our goal is to use #Human to provide 100,000 meals to those in need!
We are both excited and humbled to be able to serve on such a massive scale, and we sincerely hope that you join us!
All the Best,
#Human- Learning to Live in Modern Times
“One does not discover the absurd without being tempted to write a manual of happiness.” – Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus
“When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”
Many, many generations ago, when man existed as wanderers across the land, and hunted in packs, societal acceptance was an absolute prerequisite to survival. Our very life depended on the acceptance of the group, and so we acted accordingly to ensure that we would remain part of that group, and be granted the benefits of the pack. We received food, shelter, safety, and mating opportunities as a result of this acceptance.
There is a distinct evolutionary advantage to being liked by your peers, and a biological leg up to those who were capable of facilitating this. Those outside the norm were more likely to be outcasts and less likely to pass on their genes resulting in a Darwinian urge for the human race to seek peer approval. This has served us well as we have exchanged caves for houses, fire for electric, and brute force with cunning invention. This desire for acceptance is a direct source of the jobs we earn, the relationships we cultivate, and the friendships we enjoy. But, as with just about anything, excess breeds folly.