"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
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


"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

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.

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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Present Moment Breathing

Total concentration on the ever-changing breathe brings us squarely into the present moment. [we strive to achieve this level of present-moment consciousness upon entering the training hall. We first change into our uniform and by that process if we bring our mindfulness directly to the process of changing and bring in to that same mindfulness our breathing we pull ourselves out of the daily thoughts so we may fully focus on training and practice.]

Coordinate the activity in which you are involved with your breathing. This lends a flowing rhythm to your movement, and smooth's out many of the abrupt transitions. [our goal in practice is just this, to achieve this mindfulness that brings our entire being into what we are doing at that exact moment, the present-moment. This keeps the past and future away. Ever wonder when observing a long time practitioner with a level of proficiency where you observer a rhythm in their practice? If you are "seeing" them completely you will see that this natural rhythm comes from their patterns of both the physical movement and breathing along with some other more esoteric practice that seems in rhythm with nature. Watch, observe, and "see."]

Activity becomes easier to focus on ... mindfulness is increased. Mind is not burdened with pre-occupations or bound by worries. [karate-do provides so many benefits and one very important one is meditation through the motions of practice. Motions of practice go beyond just body movement but the mindfulness present-moment training that is found in many of the Eastern meditative practices.]

Mindfulness results in change to the nervous system fostering insight. It enhances your intuition. The breath is not merely inhalations and exhalations but... Breath ceases to be just breath. It becomes a living, changing process, something alive. It is no longer something that takes places in time; it is perceived as the present moment itself. [Mushin and Zanshin or what the Chinese call, "wu wei." Not an empty mind but a mind with a concentration and focus that keeps it and you in present-moment mindfulness which allows you to tap into the instinctive benefit of the Tao. You want this in self protection and even in combat.]

It is grounded in a living flow of the present and marked by a sense of reality. [Remaining present-moment mindfulness is a path to inner understanding where you will open up all the doors over time to "see" and "feel" who and what you are taking you past all the "stories" you have or are telling yourself to cope with the trials and tribulations of life. This is the path to enlightenment.]

The Universe as a flowing river of experience.

Bibliography:
Gunaratana, Bhante. Mindfulness in Plain English. Wisdom Publications; 2nd edition. September 2002.

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