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.
Expectations (Kitai: 期待)
We make a mistake and get frustrated not because we really made a mistake which is just an event of the moment but from the expectations we put on ourselves.
We tend to expect things to be a certain way and when they go awry we perceive it as an attack and immediately experience frustration and fear which triggers the systems in our brain that kick in the adrenaline dumps that exacerbate it causing it to rise even more.
It can be a train ride that goes out of control and takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions and the consequences of same which are detrimental in self protective situations as well as all of those life situations. In reality both are the same with the exception that the consequences in the physical world are psychological or physical or both.
We strive to take control of this in our training and practice. If we are not aware of all the variables that result from nature's conditioning, i.e. the hunter/warrior, we let it take control of us where the goal of karate-do is to give us the tools to control it, to a degree.
If we are not aware of it and just practice then we remain in the same old rut, spinning out of control, never achieving the level we seek to control and provide self awareness, self discipline, self control, and self protection … to name a few benefits.
This is why I go to great lengths to seek out knowledge. To program my brain with all the data I can so when I train and practice the brain/mind will find this data and associate it with the appropriate actions and intent so when I truly need it, it will come. Make sense? I hope so as I am not sure sometimes since I fully understand that communications of any kind is a most difficult art to master.
If we seek out karate for health and physical fitness and ignore any other aspects this may be all we desire and need but if you really wish to learn karate-do, fighting art, martial art, or what ever title you wish to place on it then to do so adequately and completely, i.e. yang-n-yin principle, then open the mind to the possibilities and train the mind/brain and thus the spirit and body.