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The Heart

the heart

Budo values reflection and compassion. When these are not present it is hard to develop the heart and character for deeper study. The heart or mind makes mistakes, but mistakes that can be understood and admitted only help to propel you to deeper teachings. In iaido, kendo, kenjutsu practice I am remind myself of the mistakes and difficulties I cause. To myself and those around me. My work is admitting them and understanding the truth of the origins of the greed or ignorance or aversion (hatred). Today I wrote the character for "heart" many times. This is the last iteration. I was praying and reflecting. Looking at my mind and my strokes. May everyone be well, happy and peaceful. Let us practice well and hard to overcome our challenges.

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