|My closest friend and me, at home in the Jundokan dojo, c2011|
So, a busy but enjoyable time ahead for me. When my life returns to normal, I'll post more about the visit, and also bring everyone up to date with a final post on the new dojo...and Japanese garden... that it now sits in. Needless to say, it's a great feeling to once again have a permanent home for my karate. As I said to a friend just recently, I go to the dojo not only to practice my karate, but to sit and think, to read, to listen to Okinawan music, and sometimes to reminisce about the many wonderful times I've had as a result of training in karate.
Sitting still, and alone, in a quiet dojo after training....sometimes reveals the 'way' of karate far more vividly than any kata I know. When you allow your body to stop and your mind to become quiet, you can go to places and hear things that are otherwise missed in the everyday bustle of life.....I wonder, when was the last time you allowed yourself to be, just, still?