Thursday, August 6, 2009

Trust and Training

Shinzen Nelson, author of The Broken Bokken, wrote a post on Trust. In his article he stated:

Nonin would often talk about our mind being like a jar of water and sand. When the water is stirred it becomes muddy. The mind is confused and cannot see what to do next...but when you trust and stop stirring, allowing the sand/mud to settle, what needs to happen suddenly becomes clear.

Trust is essential. Without it your training becomes mechanical and eventually listless.

A good reminder.

2 comments:

Rick said...

Zhan zhuang practice is like that, allowing your mind to settle ust as you let the mud in the water settle. Taijiquan should be like that as well.

Michele said...

Rick: It is something I need to work on. I catch myself thinking of a stream of other things when I am training.