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If I slow down enough, I sometimes have a moment to remember how I got here. It was 2009 and probably around 1am in the recording studios on the third floor at Collective Hardware. Sean Lennon and Kemp were recording some music with a few others, jamming away until the early hours of the morning. I was sitting on the couch, with a few drinks in me, when I noticed an older Korean man staring at me from the corner of my eye. He had on a fitted white t-shirt which held tightly to his very strong arms, denim jeans and combat boots. A fine Italian blazer was by his side. His hair was pulled back into a pony tail and he had side burns in a silver I had never seen before. He took a long drag of a cigarette as he looked at me with stern eyes. Moments later, he walked over to sit next to me and told me things about myself I had never told anyone in that room, in any of those rooms in that five floor building. Stunned, I turned to look at him to ask him how he knows all of that but before I could open my mouth, he smiled and said, “And you have to be happy, for no reason at all you have to be happy.” And then he got up and walked away and I couldn’t figure out if something was in my drink that took me to another planet. I later found out this was not just any man but Grandmaster Sung Baek, the 75th Grandmaster of the Dong Han Pa lineage. I eventually went on to study acupuncture with him but ironically, the teacher appeared before the student was ready. Someone recently called me a phony practitioner. In the past, I think it would have felt hurtful. My path the last seven years has for sure been challenging. There are far more disciplined people than I. There are many times when I’ve wanted to quit. To just give up. But I’m still here. I’m still trying to become the best version of myself I can be. Everyone’s practice looks different and everyone comes to this planet with different capacities but each of us has the opportunity to experience our greatness. For some, it may come easy. For others, it’s more of a challenge. But for all, the greatest practice is being able to get up, again and again, and keep moving forward to where you want to go.