Recommended reading: “Among My Souvenirs” by David Lynch

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Exhausted, I wandered out of the dojo for some fresh air, and was suddenly arrested by the beauty of the blossoms on the cherry tree outside. I experienced a moment of euphoria, and involuntary tears began to flow. It was not, alas, a full-scale O-Sensei-style enlightenment experience, but one of those funny fits of emotion that seem to pop up when one is overtired.

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  1. “Certainly, people who quote Ueshiba’s philosophy all the time can be a pain in the neck; but that is why we have the training — so we can work it out for ourselves without merely talking about it.”
    Especially liked that bit, but the rest also rang true too…

  2. …there is mundane in the miraculous and the miraculous in the mundane… appreciate both. (and keep training)

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