Ignatius Teo wrote:
You can study medicine. But can you BE a doctor? You may have the paper qualification or knowledge required to practice medicine. BUT... can you BE a doctor?
If ONLY it was THAT easy...
Maybe Cady's advice would be easier to follow...
Or maybe the entire statement about "just being" is not applicable to the question at hand and the reality is a bit more complex than "just being."
On another note, does being engrossed in the moment mean exclusion of the wider reality beyond the individual and the subject of his attention? If this is the case then "being totally engrossed in the moment" is not the same as Mushin which implies an awareness that includes the immediate reality but is expanded to detect threats from outside the immediate vicinity also. This can be seen best when applied in a multiple attacker situation.
Lastly, I think the "go with the flow" concept is not a bad one, but this implies already being in the stream of the aggressor's intent and actions. However one first has to get into the flow or stream of movement, on a physical level this means tai sabaki and positioning oneself out of the path of the attack but within range to apply technique at any point. If one just stands there one will get hit so part of Mushin or oneness with the aggressor must also deal with the initial evasion of the engagement whilst maintaining a level of connection with the attacker.
I'm yet to get any other training methods on how this level of awareness and application is developed.