It seemed like yesterday that Dr. Tae Yun Kim walked me through her garden, and stopped at the plum-tree with the miniature plums on it, the ones I couldn’t see. Those:
Yesterday, Dr. Dr. Tae Yun Kim once again showed me that same tree. But what a difference! Now it’s easy to see those plums!
“True awareness means being right where you are, right now, without fear or worry or obsession about the future or past. When you manage to do that, a wonderful thing happens. Focused here, now, you become undistracted. You find yourself becoming mentally quiet. And when that happens, you perceive all around you quite clearly. ……when you can seize control of the moment, you take intelligent control of your life.”
We learn that at Jung Suwon, in class, and especially during sparring. But, as Dr. Tae Yun Kim pointed out, what we learn in the Jung Suwon Dojang, is no good unless we take home with us after each class, and apply it when needed. We need to internalize whatever we learn, and then turn around and apply that. That is why Jung Suwon isn’t just a sport (although it is an awesome sport as well), but a way of life!
Amazing, the things you can learn in a garden! And as a special treat, here are a couple more pictures of fruit ripening on trees – can you tell what it is?