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Zen Meditation

April 23, 2019 @ 6:16 pm
by Flo Li
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“…practice to let your mind wonder as it may while you naturally stay focused and fully aware…”

A student asked, “Osu! Sensei, I notice whenever I try to DO something, I’m off balance. When practicing Aikido as a beginner how can I let go the need to accomplish the movements and become more aware in my own body?”

Answer from Jacques Payet Shihan, “Aikido is a process. Like in Zen meditation for example, even though your focus is on your posture, at the beginning your thoughts would get in the way. It takes a good deal of practice to let your mind wonder as it may while you naturally stay focused and fully aware. In aikido, beginners should try to focus on a few simple things – 1. keep the back leg straight at all times; 2. keep the body, hips, shoulders square to the front; 3. take notice the feeling if there is any tension in the body; 4. work on finding the natural balance each step of the way; 5. little by little find the natural balance in all motions. Progressively you will be able to accomplish the movement naturally without trying too hard to make things happen. When you stop trying too hard, you will naturally become more balanced. Change the focus on yourself instead of out there. The goal should never be making the technique or movement work.”

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