The Locking Life of Lil b

Locking lifestyle

“THE MIND must always be in the state of ‘flowing,’ for when it stops anywhere that means the flow is interrupted and it is this interruption that is injurious to the well-being of the mind. In the case of the swordsman, it means death.

When the swordsman stands against his opponent, he is not to think of the opponent, nor of himself, nor of his enemy’s sword movements. He just stands there with his sword which, forgetful of all technique, is ready only to follow the dictates of the unconscious. The man has effaced himself as the wielder of the sword. When he strikes, it is not the man but the sword in hand of the unconscious that strikes.”

-JOE HYAM, Zen in the Martial Arts.

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March 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment