There's something really inspiring about an early morning sunrise.
Waking up early when the sun is just barely peaking its first crack of light has an invigorating experience each time. There is a real magic that happens super early in the morning that doesn't occur any other time of the day.
I love waking up early, at around 5am (sometimes earlier) getting ready and dressed as fast as possible, grab my martial arts gear and cameras and run out the door. I go to one of my favorite nature places near me which is about a 15-20 minute drive.
As the birds begin to sing their morning songs and the morning mist glides along the surface of the lake, the golden rays of the early morning make everything mystically illuminated. Everything starts out so calm and quickly becomes filled with energy.
As I hike out to get my morning martial arts practice in, which is also like a meditation for me, I get to witness so much wonderful life all around. The fishing Egrets, grazing deer, I even sometimes get to spot a quick, sneaky glimpse of an owl.
The connection with nature is so important to me. It gives me so much inspiration and so many deep feelings it's near impossible to put it all into words. The connection to nature is something that so many people have lost or forgotten about. It's easy to get stuck in the hustle and grind of the expected standards, especially living in and near a big city. Which is why I make sure to make it a point to get out there each day even if for just an hour. Just to absorb the light, air, and energy that only nature puts off.
I love training my martial arts while I'm out there in the early mornings. The martial arts allows for me a deeper physical and spiritual connection. Even though I'm practicing my slashes and thrust with the swords, sticks and knives, it's not about any sort of violence. It's about the intense focus and clarity in performing each and every movement with precision.
Martial Arts for me is a deepness in the study of the body and mind. Nature for me is a connection between the physical and the spiritual. When I practice my martial arts in nature I gain a much deeper connection and sense of self. I've been working on capturing these moments with film and photography as a way to journal about my experiences. Perhaps maybe, my creative efforts in my photos and films may encourage and inspire others to reconnect with nature and explore in their own ways how the physical of our world and lives can connect with the spiritual in so many different, wonderful and beautiful ways.
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