A storm front rolled through around 6 am, and as I put my gi on, I thought about my stock answer when they ask the inevitable question after I tell people we train on the beach in the morning; “what do you do when it rains?”
I tell them, “We get wet.”
The rain had mostly passed, but it was still drizzling as I got to the sand. The tide is high in the morning now, so I have to walk a few hundred metres down the breakwater to find sand. As I sank into my meditation, the soft rain on my face had that magical feeling – a tingle of vibrant life.
I had just started some kata when I noticed a fellow doing push ups on the grass in the park behind me. He had the look of a warrior about him, so I approached and greeted him. A very nice fellow; keen to chat about some kung fu he did when he was younger. It was a pleasure to share some of my experiences and I invited him to come train on the beach in the morning.
The clouds lifted and the beautiful blue sky was revealed before I finished my training. I’m excited by the prospect of promoting the club online, and it was a challenge to get my mind to let go and get into my meditation. It came in waves as my thoughts settled, and as surely as the surf on the shore beside me, I experienced the calm and blissful sensation of being one.
Getting a sweat on and training before breakfast always makes me feel like I’ve got a head start on the day.
Look out world, here I come.