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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 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 new start, again Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #59 New 04-07-2011 10:47 PM
new start, again
The New Recruits by Michael Pick used with permission

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

T S Eliot, The Wasteland

In the middle of all the uncertainty about Fukushima and nuclear dangers and radioactive food and water life goes on. Every April in Japan new students start schools and colleges and new employees put on dark suits and start their new jobs. Entrance ceremonies will be subdued this year. Some industries will be severely affected. But reconstruction and rebuilding will continue for years providing jobs and economic stimulus.

In budo we talk about beginner's mind, shoshin or shoshin no shin, 初心 or 初心の心. Beginner's heart is a good translation. It means always to keep the feeling of when we started. We didn't think we could do things then. And we didn't do things routinely.

A beginner is full of energy and enthusiasm. Those first months were thrilling. That excitement is a feeling we should try to keep for ever.

The Wasteland by T S Eliot (I've given this link before)

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niall matthews 2011
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RSS Feed 7 Responses to "new start, again"
#7 04-15-2011 10:28 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Diana!
#6 04-13-2011 08:31 AM
Diana Frese Says:
Thank you all for helping us focus on positive things and to go ahead with whatever we can do....
#5 04-12-2011 08:30 AM
niall Says:
Thank you Francis.
#4 04-10-2011 09:34 PM
aikishihan Says:
Even as a holocaust fire decimates an old growth forest, along with its collateral loss of life, so may we then witness rebirth and the miracles of new beginnings, as has been repeated since time immemorial. Thank you Niall and Carina, for keeping the faith, and maintaining the irresistible momentum of hope.
#3 04-09-2011 02:14 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Carina. Very interesting comments and cool music.
#2 04-08-2011 11:23 AM
guest1234567 Says:
(continued)which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of ἁνοιξις (opening) for spring ..............................and here a nice video"April" of Deep Purple.
#1 04-08-2011 11:20 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Niall for the continuation of your last post. In Spain we say: "abril, aguas mil", april thousands of water(the rain) Very nice the allusion to beginner's heart in budo to remain with the same energy and enthusiasm every time we do budo and transmit this to our daily life too. You talk about entrance,starting...what about opening?The traditional etymology of april is from the Latin aperire, "to open," in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open,"

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