I thought that studying the martial arts would help me control my emotions.
In a way they have: sometimes in sparring I am pushed to the limits of frustration, sometimes even a little panic, and a little pit of what I call "near anger", where a certain movement done by the opponent is almost enough to tick me off but since I know this is a class (like a near miss that could have nailed me , or un-controlled hit that is an accident) I can check the bad emotions. I have learned how to center more easily so that I can be focussed when under stress. The little bits of fight-or-flight that can creep up, I think, are good for you, provided that you are not REALLY trying to kill each other (or your opponent is not really trying to kill you, which has happened.)
But then again, I wonder. Is it my training, or is it growing up and older that is giving me temperance? Life never stops messing with you, does it? Nope!
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