My personal "Interpretive" Lens!
"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour
"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
Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
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.
To Meditate; Mokuso
The I-Ching says, "To meditate denotes making a clear distinction between right and wrong through prudent consideration and steadfastness. In so doing, one should first become inwardly as firm as a rock."
The gokui is the tome that unlocks the true training of one's mind resulting in a strong body and a firm spirit. To follow its concepts of physical and spiritual connectivity to the tao one must first meditate to release the mind from past and future thoughts bringing us to this exact moment where nothing matters or exists but the actual occurrence of the present moment.
One trains in this singular form, Te, which can not be done with out the minds exclusive concentration and focus on Te's physical and spiritual practice. It is so evident when striking the makiwara or drilling in kumite where a moment of inattention in the moment results in immediate recognition of the fault. To do this in life would be tantamount to stepping off the curb to cross the street with out the mind being present and being hit by a car.
Mokuso is not just some requirement of the Sensei that you follow blindly just because everyone else is doing it but it is a method of training. All aspects both big and small which may "seem" a waste are actually a step toward enlightenment.
Gokui no Mokuso; Meditate on the gokui!