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.
- Shoshin: The beginners Mind. No matter what level you are at, a requirement to maintain a beginners mind is beneficial.
- Fudoshin: The Indomitable Spirit. Retaining composure under pressure.
- Zanshin: The Mind of Continuing Alertness. Being aware and ready at any moment.
- Mushin: The Mind Without Mind. A concept which takes time and practice.
- 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.