Friday, 24 May 2013

All is as it should be...

A much younger me with Higaonna Morio sensei - Tokyo 1986
There is a saying in the Zen tradition that goes along the lines of: "If you understand, then all is as it should be; if you don't understand, then all is as it should be." Now...as esoteric and enigmatic as this statement might appear at first, it is in fact (like all of the teachings of Zen)....blindingly obvious!

You are where you stand today because of the choices you have made to put you there. You believe the things you believe today because of the information you have chosen to accept as truth, you practise your karate today in the way that you do, because you have decided to pursue it that way.

From time to time life will ask you to make a choice....do you understand that?