Thinking of my time in Nagano today for some strange reason. Maybe it’s the total reverse of temperature. Walking the streets in freezing wet snow; the sounds; the kind people; the distance sounds of monks chanting in the monastery. The small dojo I passed welcoming me to watch from the window? I like the idea of offering prayer to nature….a written word to feel the rain, heat and snow.
Buddhism: Contributions to the Martial Arts:
LIFE IS SACRED
DISCIPLINE OF THE MIND
With the Holiday’s just around the corner I just wanted to wish you all good health and a very Happy New Year.
Truly a time of reflection and reconnection with family and friends.
A former colleague and good friend reminded me of a a phrase I would toss out from time-to-time to staff just to get folks thinking in a new direction. I certainly don’t come by words easy and this was passed along to me in a pile of hand-outs at the Poynter Institute.
As I remember it noted the author as being “unknown”, sad that some of the most meaningful words and images are from those “unknown”.
Maybe that in itself is a lesson to be humble.
Over the years I have seen many versions but this seems to come close to what I most believe.
“WATCH YOUR THOUGHTS; THEY BECOME WORDS. WATCH YOUR WORDS; THEY BECOME ACTIONS. WATCH YOUR ACTIONS; THEY BECOME HABIT. WATCH YOUR HABITS; THEY BECOME CHARACTER. WATCH YOUR CHARACTER; IT BECOMES YOUR DESTINY.” -Lao Tzu-
Success: Do something that really makes you happy.
_Golden Dragon Fortune Cookie_
” FOR ME, THE MARTIAL ARTS IS A SEARCH FOR SOMETHING INSIDE. IT’S NOT JUST A PHYSICAL DISCIPLINE.”
If living in the Phoenix area don’t pass up an opportunity to take a self-defense class from Sensei Julie. She has a very rich background that includes years of using these techniques in the street and teaches from a reality-based program that although serious in nature she and her students have fun learning together.
For more information on her program visit:
IN THE WORLD THERE IS NOTHING MORE SUBMISSIVE AND WEAK THAN WATER. YET FOR ATTACKING THAT WHICH IS HARDAND STRONG NOTHING CAN SURPASS IT.
Fishkill Creek, New York. Photographed with a Leica M-3: 50mm Summicron; Tri-X
- Ying Yang, style vs technique or all one?
One needs to understand the distinction between style and a technique.
Style is a distinctive feature of artistic expression or execution of an image.
Technique however is the fundamentals of how that expression is derived.
A technique may help form a person’s style but it is only one component.
It is only through trying limitless techniques that a photographer, if he or
she is fortunate, they will develop a style seen in their work.
Zen Snow Shoveling
If we believe that enlightenment is a product of meditation and intuition rather than faith. We must then believe that the art of shoveling snow is just a way of creating a path for future travels.
When the depth of our opponent is that of just a few inches we need to remember that “Speed Creates Power”. A firm but flexible grip on the shovel handle is important for transferring power from our hips once in a relaxed horse stance.
Sometimes while attacking greater depths of snow, as in life, one must take two steps backward before initiating the attack with a forward thrust. Do this with “snap and power” This can be a power move keeping your center low.
The question that one should ask is: “How good do you want to be?”
Broken twig and bird tracks find their future among snow flakes.
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”