555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 111.
Time Awake: 9:26 a.m.
I sat outside in the sunlight today, reading “The Book of Five Rings” by Miyamoto Musashi.
The book is about his martial arts and the techniques involved, but the words he uses are equally applicable to Life itself. And modern Life itself, especially when you go into his guidelines for using his martial arts.
I share an excerpt:
“For those who would study my martial art, there are rules for putting in into practice:
1. Think without any dishonesty.
2. Forge yourself in the Way.
3. Touch upon all of the arts.
4. Know the Ways of all occupations.
5. Know the advantages and disadvantages of everything.
6. Develop a discerning eye in all matters.
7. Understand what cannot be seen by the eye.
8. Pay attention to even small things.
9. Do not involve yourself with the impractical.
Generally speaking, you should put your mind to these principles in this manner and train yourself in the Way of the Martial Arts. In this Way alone, if you do not take a broad field of vision towards what is true, it will be difficult to become an accomplished martial artist. If you are able to learn these rules, it will be a Way in which you should not be defeated, even alone against twenty or thirty opponents. If you will first and foremost keep your attention unfailingly on the martial arts and exert yourself in the correct Way, you will defeat others with a strike of the hand or overcome others by the power of perception.
Again, if through your training you can freely move your entire body at will, you will defeat others with this body. And if your mind becomes trained in this Way, you will defeat others with your mind. Extending yourself this far, how could this be a Way for your own defeat?”
Substitute the words “martial arts” for “Life” and he’s basically saying to be prepared in all things in Life, to be well-rounded in things, to be fully aware and involved in all that you Do. By knowing the things and being prepared, you can live Life to your fullest, and without surprises or being taken unaware. Living at our best.
Mushashi wrote about it in the 1600s and it still applies today.