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Old 03-03-2009, 08:09 AM   #9
Joe McParland
 
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Re: Master/slave relationship and Instructor with ego

There are things that need to be done, and that alone is reason enough to do them. And when you do those things, just do them.

If you resist doing what needs to be done, say, because someone is bossing you to do them, or because you felt you have done your share and you feel that someone else has not, then there *is* an ego problem that must be overcome.

Ultimately, someone barking at you to do more or to do less, to go faster or go slower, and so forth, will have little sway over you once you find and practice maintaining your center.

By the same token, if you are centered, you will recognize actual abuse for what it is and deal with it appropiately - doing what needs to be done - whether that means punching the fellow in the nose, or walking away from this dojo, or anything in between.

Last edited by Joe McParland : 03-03-2009 at 08:15 AM. Reason: Phone typing is hard :-(

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