I had to take some time away from the mats this week, due to a nagging ankle injury. I've noticed that my thinking changes when I'm not training. It's easier to get caught in the thought feedback loop. Before I realize it, I'm sleep-walking through life.
I never understood what Bob Dylan meant when he sang, "I'm not there. I'm gone." Until I did. But by then, the moment had passed. Jiu Jitsu, like the Dylan song, reminds us that this moment -- here and now -- is all that we have.