Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Thought of the Day: Chögyam Trungpa on Fear

"In the practice of yoga and also within the martial arts, one’s strength or power comes from the development of a balanced state of mind. One is going back or returning to the origin of the strength that exists within oneself. This kind of strength is known as strength in its own right, the strength of fearlessness. To be without fear is to have great strength."
– Chögyam Trungpa

Monday, September 23, 2019

Thought of the Day: Tennyson on Strength

"My strength has the strength of ten because my heart is pure." 

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Revisiting A Gent in Training

It's the Autumnal Equinox!
It's been nearly eight years since I started this blog. Over the years I've been rather sporadic in updating it or adding new posts. In fact, the basic look of the blog has remained unchanged... until today. Some of you may have noticed that the original main photo (me drinking a Martini with my cat Dobbin) has been replaced with a new one (me meditating with my cat Dobbin). Why the change?

To put it mildly, 2019 has been challenging for me. I'll probably go into more detail in a later post, but suffice to say it's been a hard year. However, it has also been a year of growth and reassessment. Part of that reassessment has to do with this blog, and what sort of things I want to post about. 

Early on, I often posted about stuff such as cocktails and men's style. Gradually, I moved away from that sort of thing to more posts about philosophy, self-improvement, personal safety, and martial arts. I want to continue with that trend, and today, the first day of autumn, seems like a good day to recommit to this blog and to its mission.

And that's why I changed the main photo. I'm a different person with different priorities now. Meditation has replaced Martinis, and this revised way of thinking will be reflected in the future direction of this blog.