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"Providing a first step on a path to self-reflection." - C. E. James

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin

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Kenpo Gokui

The lines of the ken-po goku-i are set from an atomistic aspect simply because it is the manner in which the brain learns. Its nature is completely holistic and like the I Ching must be in a form that promotes learning and understanding so a person can see, hear and grasp the nature of a holistic system. The gokui is a method to teach us how to be holistic. Its terseness is the best that can be done to convey its holistic meaning.

A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.

A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.

Master Zeng said, "Am I preaching what I have not practiced myself?"

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The Moment, the Present, the "One"!

My wife reads the New York Times and always finds something of value and interest in its pages. This morning she shared with me the article, "The Mediocre Multitasker."

You may read this and say to yourself what in the heck does this have to do with the practice of the fighting arts or the gokui.

I have spoken of the practice of the singular to reach the multitude in the Way. When I practice diligently and with mindfulness I tend to narrow my mind down to the "one."

It turns out that a mind-set of remaining in the moment which is sometimes referred to as the "mind-no-mind" or "Zanshin or Mushin" which is known to be the epitome of a fighting warrior means exactly what this article means, i.e. keep the mind focused on the moment and that allowing the mind to "multitask" means to spread it to thin to be fully functional and totally aware. One thing at a time, one moment at a time, inhabit the present.

To practice the "Way" is to uni-task. Bring the mind into that one moment where your mind, spirit, and body are only in the moment of the technique performed at that present moment. It is there, done, and gone with the next moment.

To "think" of anything else; to let the mind wander to the past of what you just did or the future as to what you may want to do is to multitask and that ain't good.

We has humans may "think" we are actually multitasking when in reality we are actually doing a lot of things one at a time rapidly and as the article stresses it takes the mind away from what it does best and creates a mind-is-mind vs. mind-no-mind.

Apparently the wise ones from Ancient China, Lao Tsu, were aware of more than we of the day are aware.

The practice of the fighting arts teaches the mind to optimize and become the best it can by teaching us to uni-task. Remain in the moment, remain in the present, and let the mind be the Tao or the void. There is a time to think, singularly, and a time to not think. Know the difference and let it be.

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