It has been the Easter break here in the UK.  While I don’t observe Easter, plenty of others do and consequently training has been on hold the past week.  So I shall use this lull in training to draw your attention to one (of many) of the blogs I enjoy.

This blog is written by Aikido-no-sekai, a collaboration of Aikidokas who write some thoughtful and understandable articles on Aikido.  Recently I enjoyed a series on the states of mind that you can aspire to in both your martial art and in everyday life, and I would like to share these with you.

  1. Shoshin: The beginners Mind.  No matter what level you are at, a requirement to maintain a beginners mind is beneficial.
  2. Fudoshin: The Indomitable Spirit.  Retaining composure under pressure.
  3. Zanshin: The Mind of Continuing Alertness.  Being aware and ready at any moment.
  4. Mushin: The Mind Without Mind.  A concept which takes time and practice.
  5. Senshin: The Enlightened Mind. A state which we all, on some level, yearn for.

No matter the origins of your martial art, or what you do on a day-to-day basis, these are good principles to strive for.

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