Where is My Attention?

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Jacarandas in bloom in San Diego, CA, May 2020.

Life and the mind seems to be in one of two states.  Being under water mostly for me and periodically coming up, out of the water, for air.  Or being asleep mostly and waking-up Continue reading

“Soft Eyes,” A Way of Seeing and Being – Quotes and Resources

I believe that “Soft Eyes” is an extremely important part of kendo and many areas of life.  It is a natural, tension-free way of seeing and being – which goes by many other names: Whole or Effortless Seeing, Soft or Open Focus, Wide-Angled, Peripheral or Panoramic Vision and “Enzan no Metsuke (a distant mountain gaze).” Continue reading

Quotes on Mushin, Flow and Open-Focus – Overview

Here’s an overview of quotes on the related topics of Mushin-no-shin 無心の心 (Mind of No Mind), the flow-state, Open-Focus, and the related area of Open Monitoring Meditation.  This is a companion article to a compilation of “Resources on Mushin-no-shin (the Mind of No Mind)”.  The quotes are organized in three parts as follows:  Continue reading