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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General Wild is the Wind Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #44 New 02-24-2011 10:21 PM
Wild is the Wind we're like creatures of the wind
and wild is the wind

Ned Washington and Dimitri Tiomkin, Wild is the Wind

I have forgot much, Cynara!
Gone with the wind

Ernest Dowson, Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae

the wind of change blows straight
into the face of time

Scorpions, Wind of Change

A stormy wind signals the arrival of spring in Japan. It's called haru ichiban 春一番 - spring number one - the first wind of spring. It's strong and it blows bicycles and plants and signboards over. And then the warm weather arrives.

It's easy to get stuck in old ways of doing and thinking. Sometimes it's good to have a strong wind. Unnecessary things are blown away. Everything becomes fresh and new.

In Japan Fujin is the Shinto god of the wind. He glares ferociously and carries a bag of winds. He is rather like Boreas, the god of the wind in Greek mythology.

I talked about the wind before in wind forest fire mountain 風林火山 furinkazan, the motto of Takeda Shingen. In martial arts we have to be like the wind. To move like the wind. And to be free like the wind.

The title to the movie Gone with the Wind was taken from a poem by Ernest Dowson. I used to think gone with the wind meant that something was lost in the wind - youth, or the old order, or the past, say. But it really meant that he let himself be blown and tossed by the wind - and circumstances, and fate - trying to forget his lost love.

That makes a nice parallel for ukemi - receiving the technique in aikido. You make a true attack, but once your balance is broken you keep the connection like the wind and flow like the wind. And if your movements are like the wind you can never be injured.

wikipedia articles about the Wind of Change song and the Japanese and Greek gods of the wind

The wonderful poem by Ernest Dowson Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/dowson01.html

Scorpions, Wind of Change http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4RjJKxsamQ

great cover of Wild is the Wind by Cat Power. Also check out the cool versions by Nina Simone and David Bowie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AICtij-Vtng

cool photo Rough Sea by Daniele Sartori http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniele...ri/3968339425/ photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniele...th/3968339425/ used under creative commons licence

© niall matthews 2011
Views: 5943 | Comments: 9

RSS Feed 9 Responses to "Wild is the Wind"
#9 03-02-2011 08:25 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. Ice cloud is a great title.
#8 03-02-2011 08:23 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Billy. Tír na nÓg is supposed to be beyond the sea. But maybe one day I'll turn a corner and there it will be.
#7 03-01-2011 08:10 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Thank you Billy, I just were listening to this typical canarian music with the timple, an instrument like a little guitar, the music is called north wind, and the second one I like even more: Ice cloud
#6 02-26-2011 08:57 AM
Makochan Says:
Niall, this is a very nice blog, I like it lots, especially; "Sometimes it's good to have a strong wind. Unnecessary things are blown away. Everything becomes fresh and new." I also liked Carina's comments. Please let me know if you find Tír na nÓg, I have been looking a long time, maybe it's a state of mind? Best as always, Billy
#5 02-26-2011 05:11 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Ok, thanks Niall, then maybe you were wroting about Gran Canaria "a perfect place of eternal sun and warmth" and if you like freshness just drive one hour up to the mountain and you need "gloves, hat and scarf" at least in the winter..
#4 02-26-2011 05:06 AM
niall Says:
That was a separate idea. I typed it as a new paragraph but in blog comments it doesn't show that. I thought it was interesting - a myth or legend of a perfect land. Like Shangri-La or Tír na nÓg.
#3 02-26-2011 04:50 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Hi Niall, And you had 525 comments But I don't understand the 25 Feb beeing Hyberborea "sun shining twenty-four hours a day" on that day it could be for the southern hemisphere in the Antarctis, but in the nothern hemisphere this 24 hours sun shining might be on the end of june .. Maybe something I didn't get..
#2 02-26-2011 03:36 AM
niall Says:
Thank you, Carina. I posted this on Friday 25 February and by chance it was the same day of the haru ichiban. Hyperborea, beyond the north wind, is a perfect place of eternal sun and warmth.
#1 02-25-2011 02:25 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Hi Niall,Thanks for your beautiful post and congrats for more than 60.000 visits I like very much this thought" flow like the wind in Aikido", I'll try to remember in the class. Boreas was the north wind bringer of cold wind, Notus the south wind bringer of storms in the late summer, Zephyrus the west wind bringer of light spring and early summer breezes and Eurus, the east wind. Aeolus was the King of the four winds, son of Poseidon.

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