March 3rd 2013
Meditation for problem solving
Onegaishimasu Hanshi, Kyoshi, Sensei, Senpai and Deshi.
I have recently taken a position at a newly-built iron nugget demonstration plant. It is for all intents and purposes a research and development facility. Our jobs call for a lot of creative and critical thinking to find solutions to novel situations. Upon starting work there I soon began using our Shorin Ryu meditation techniques when looking for solutions. It works extremely well! By emptying my mind first I clear it of unwanted/un-necessary thoughts, making way for incredible creative and critical thinking skills. I am finding solutions at a prodigious rate. Please refer to pages 13-14 in Building Warrior Spirit (green book) for specifics on entering the meditative state I am speaking of. Towards the end of the passage, Hanshi writes of proceeding to perfect kata. At work, this is where my mind opens up to solutions I may not have found otherwise. And this is why we meditate before kata as well. It opens us up to perfect kata.
Domo Arigato Hanshi, Kyoshi, Sensei, Senpai and Deshi.