From Al Case at Matrix Martial Arts…
Newsletter 834 ~ Subscribe now!
Were the Indians Masters of Their Own Brand of Zen?
What a GREAT day!
if you don’t work out,
you probably don’t really know what I mean.
This is the second of a five parts series.
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Last newsletter I made the point
that the American Indian
was probably the finest warrior in the world.
To back this up,
simply consider their attitude towards that great zen concept…
In zen you create a silence so absolute
that your spirit can manifest,
that the truth of you becomes apparent.
Indians had this zen attitude towards silence.
The mere fact of walking,
as described in the first part of this series,
can be used to create silence.
But that is only the first stage.
Perhaps some of you remember an old adage
that only fools whistle?
A bit harsh,
a happy person should whistle,
but when you are hunting game,
or sneaking up to a battle,
you can’t whistle.
you have to master the sounds of nature,
the tweet of a bird,
the call of a wolf,
the actual sound of shifting sand,
or wind in the rushes.
To master such sounds requires an appreciation of silence itself.
Consider this bit of zen:
it is not the sound you must hear,
but the silence.
as I am fond of telling students,
a candle in a coal mine
is brighter than the sun at noon.
Consider this when you are doing Tai Chi,
and don’t make a sound.
Consider this in Aikido,
and don’t let your circles make a sound.
Consider this in Karate,
or Tai Chi,
or other arts,
and quell the sound of your motion,
of your technique,
it is not just wasted energy,
but it distracts the mind
from the silence necessary
to manifest the spirit.
Here’s a link to Tai Chi,
which is a great art for pursuing silence.
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