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Friday, November 6, 2009

Mokuso — Meditation

Citizen Schools and the H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts class learned that the Japanese word "Mokuso" means meditation. They learned why it is an important part of our training.

We begin our training by meditating, it helps us to clear our minds of all else except training, thus allowing us to focus on and more readily absorb the information about to be presented. We leave all worries and trouble or excitement and daily distractions at the door to the school ("Dojo" in Japanese) or in our case the door to the cafeteria.

We also end our training with meditation, reflecting on what was just accomplished and learned. It is not enough to simply think today I felt good or bad or that technique felt great or it felt off, we need to ask ourselves why. Why? It is perhaps the simplest question to ask but, at times, the most complex to answer.

Question everything and put forth the effort to find out the answers, this type of approach will serve you well in life not just in the Martial Arts.

Osu! (Remember what "Osu" means? If not look at the post Giving Respect From The H.E.A.R.T.)

H.E.A.R.T. — Martial Arts — We're Fighting To Make A Difference.

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