On 20 Jan, 2014By Visitor (not verified)With 8 Comments
I've been reading a book called The Zen Way to the Martial Arts by Taisen Deshimaru, a zen master, for the third time in a row slowly picking my way through it and disecting it like my good old English professors taught me, and I've come across this concept that I wanted to share.
Yes you guessed it, it is the same as the title.
Mushotoku or as the author defines it without desire for gain or profit.
First of all thank you for taking the time to read sorry if something similar has being said before.
when i cant sleep i lay away thinking about stuff im working on or concepts i use in my training, well this morning again i cant sleep and my thoughts went to the metaphor of my path up the martial arts mountain, my path is very different to others which im sure everyone reading this thinks the same but im also sure that people like me have concluded that the goal doesnt stop when and if u get to the top.
In this very interesting and well written article, Jamie Clubb explores the link between martial arts and self-help. Personally, I'm a great believer in martial arts as a vehicle for personal challenge and development. The idea of martial arts developing character is centuries old, but what is the basis for that link? And what of the modern influences discussed in this article? Jamie Clubb discusses, in great depth, how the western self help movement has impacted upon the martial arts. I'm certain this article will spark much discussion and reflection.
Has anyone else ever reached a point on their path through MA when they have for whatever reason either lost interest or motivation or have completely stopped training. I don’t mean the occasional "oh its cold and raining I won’t go training tonight". I am talking seriously lost all motivation.