Every warrior needs a weapon.
Finding good quality things and building rituals around them helps to shape good habits, that inevitably lead to better, higher level of life.
As it happens with every quest, it proves that discovering and acquiring artifacts that served my purpose was already a small victory itself. Below you may find a set from my armoury. You may use these in your battles, or seek then ones that suit you better.
These artifacts, will not replace the valors nor do the job for you, yet using them on daily basis will help you to become better warrior.
Rosary – powerful tool of spiritual combat.
Meditative, contemplative prayer, that comes with it not only protects from Evil. It also brings focus, silence and inner peace. Something that a warrior needs like an air in an overwhelming noise of a daily hassle.
Kettlebell – there is a reason, why Roman gladiators used kettlebells as a base of their training.
Our body is a chain of interconnected segments.
Unlike most of gym tools, kettlebell allows us exercise and build whole chain, rather than just sections of our body. That improves communication between muscles gives us more power in all the fight-related movements, helps us grow in strength without losing the speed.
Yerba Mate – every man needs his drug
If you can find one which is actually good for you, then you are already a winner. My drug is mate.
It was originally used by native american hunters who chewed on leaves of mate, to stay awake long hours while tracking their prey. Mate tea, works same for me in my hunts, – helps me to stay focused while navigating through corporate jungle and chasing the deadlines.
It replaces coffee, without having most of it’s downsides. And then there is the whole enjoyable ritualism around mate brewing. Good shit!
E-Book Reader – because as Mark Twain said “A person that does not read has no advantage of that who does not know how to read”.
Reading should be an essential part of your daily routine. It expands our horizons and often gets you on the adventures you always longed for. These adventures may start in your head, but that start is good as any other as long as other steps follow.
E-Book reader is simple the handiest way to carry on with your reading habit, because it allows you to have your full library with you wherever you go. The in-built dictionary is also a great way to catch up on vocabulary if you are reading in a foreign language.
Notebook – writing crystalizes the ever-flowing life into something more tangible.
Writing things down helps, even if you are not a writer. Organise yourself by enlisting your to dos or simply invade paper with stream of consciousness to declutter your mind. Collect your thoughts and observations, as you collect photographies for family album.
After all, life is just too precious to rely on keeping its most important moments in such unreliable place as our memory.
So these are my artifacts.
What are yours?
/Post from my archived blog “Sword in the woods”/