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Far too much time has passed since my last class. If my child is not in the process of coming into the world I think I will go to class tonight.
In my time away from the dojo, I've been doing my best to try to focus on the world as an environment conducive to training. I've been relating my daily interactions to the principles that the mat has taught me. I've been seeing others as a means of connecting and trying to gauge my effectiveness in blending with them in my day to day interactions. Trying to look back at them to see where I should have entered or gone around and to see where I moved just right.
I've even been trying to make sure that my breathing is controlled from my hara like it should be. Trying to make the energy connections with everyone... attempting to make it subconscious. Trying to let my mind wander into imagery during interactions while still staying focused on the task/conversation at hand.
And today the morning sky seemed to have entered on my perceptions. I was idling at a stop sign waiting to turn onto a busy street during rush our. Focused intently on the seemingly endless stream of cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans. Suddenly the sky pulled my focus back. It was just as the sun was trying to break through the horizon and spread it's warmth. There were a smattering of clouds and a few jet trails illuminated in the most serene blend of pink and orange backed by a pale blue that bled into a dark purple speckled with the small white do