CHAPTER 3

Thinking Like a Shadow Warrior

It all begins in your mind, which filters every reality you experience and perceive. Whether you feel inwardly safe, inwardly confident, and empowered, or insecure, anxious, and powerless, it’s first and foremost a state of mind. This is the major premise of the discipline of martial skills: the warrior’s state of mind and his understanding and application of that state of mind.

So what then is this mind that can play such tricks on us, and how do we train our mind to be an ally rather than a continual alarm system?

The Nature of the Mind

In our Western culture, when we say “mind” we tend to equate it with thoughts. The field of psychology has widened the concept of the mind to include not only thoughts, ...

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