Print a poem you enjoy or your favorite prayer (Mikhail likes Psalms) and read it aloud as your partner strikes you from various places including the back. This is a good way to learn to handle strikes that come when you breathe in a way that is not intended to take strikes and is important to feel. Do the same as you are walking and it is importnat to work in movement and on the go so you see how you can deal with many things at the same time, just like life. Work honestly.

My suggestion:

To Lucasta, Going to the Warres

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkinde.

        That from the Nunnerie

Of thy chaste breast, and quiet minde,

        To Warre and Armes I flie.

True; a new Mistresse now I chase,

        The first Foe in the Field;

And with a stronger Faith imbrace

        A Sword, a Horse, a Shield.

Yet this Inconsistency is such,

        As thou too shalt adore;

I could not love thee (Deare) so much,

        Lov’d I not Honour more.

By Richard Loveless

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