I have always felt that the lessons of the martial arts parallel the lessons of life. Timing, flexibility, soft/hard, water, circular, patient, discipline, persiverence, cooperation, trust, to name a few.
These lessons can be learned anywhere. But I learned them on the mat. And for those reasons I feel that there is an enlightenment process that occurs. And I do feel that It takes time to change. I don't feel that 6 months in the dojo will change you forever.
I feel that as I continue training, the change also continues.