Meditation Point #33

Sensei Post in A Zen Thing, Quotes

You are lost the instant you know what the result will be!
— Juan Gris.

This reminds me of one of my favorite movie scenes in The Replacements when they talk about quicksand. Slightly different twist but same meaning. It is similar to what I tell me students, if you think about walking down the stairs you will trip (disclaimer: trying this may result in serious of lethal injury, so do not! You have been warned!). Seriously thinking about walking will even trip you up, not walking in general but how you do it. It is a natural almost motor act and if you think about it it messes up the ‘natural’ flow. I know there is a much deeper Zen meaning here but I’m a practical guy and I don’t like to trip when I’m walking!! So the next time you know what the result will be (especially in the sparring ring)…STOP, look away and whatever you do don’t think!

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