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Life is Art, Vida es Arte

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Brinde aplausos al Makoto de las personas  – Applaud the Makoto of Others  – Makoto (sincerity)

When we want something, really want something, we tend to apply ourselves to reaching that goal.  It may or may not be good for us, but we want it… and gosh by golly, we are going to do our best to achieve/ or get what we want. I watched a video today about some of the basic training done by athletes, in this case it was soccer, goal tenders.  I watch the game, and I see the players running, jumping and doing simply amazing things with their bodies as they work their way across the field.  When the ball is kicked towards the goal keeper, I’m stunned at the movement and the efficiency in which the goalie can reach for the ball.  It could be coming at him/her from any direction, from what seems to be a standing still position the goalie leaps into action.  It is amazing.

These dedicated athletes work hard to do what they do.  We watch and cheer them on, but do we remember to  applaud their hours of training and selfless single-minded focus on their craft. We get to enjoy their performances because they have devoted their time and energy to be the best they can and what they want to do.

The videos were very inspiring for me, and I am not athletic, never-the-less just watching I got a feeling of tightening in my abdomen, I just couldn’t imagine that kind of determination, passion, and drive, dancers who hone their skills are much the same, the body is going to do what it is required … they practice every day.

Life is a serious of challenges that come at us from every direction, it is with dedication to our faith, and our Makoto at applying  our knowledge to  our daily activities to live as better human beings.  It is important to remember that we are not alone, and that we should appreciate those around us who make our lives so much richer.

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 Namaste      –     Oyashikiri

Hand, la main,mowng


We often take for granted the body that we use on a daily basis.  We learned to walk as children, and to use our hands as we needed.  An example I often use, is I drive I get into a car,  start it, then with the training and experience of years of driving I get on my way.  I don’t think about how the car is driving or what mechanical wonders it has under its hood, I just drive. Yes yes, I do make sure it is serviced and that it gets the proper attention it should, but I myself don’t get under the hood.

Hands are however another matter.  With the passing of time I have  learned to live with minor bouts of arthritis, I’ve watched as my middle finger on one hand developed its own slant and curve, and I’ve accepted it.. what else could I do.  Then a few months back I noticed that there was a tingling, and a funny sensation in my fingers that sometimes worked its way up my arm.  Had to take notice of that didn’t I.  I use my hands daily for a number of things, one big task they perform is that I use a keyboard for hours on end.




When the discomfort began to really be a bother, I began to speak of the malaise. Wonder out loud if you will if it was connected to my being diabetic. When it began to act up enough that I was getting really concerned, I made an appointment with the doctor.  After some discussion the leaning is that it is more than likely carpal tunnel … this I’ve had before and dealt with it… (no surgery)…. it was many years ago, I’d forgotten…. and yes…I had also slipped up on the exercises and stretching of the fingers and wrist joints.


PL Principle #15….  I will not do anything overly.

This is a perfect example, where I have been happily going along typing away every day for hours on end and not making time to do exercises, and to rest my hands.  It is like driving the car and expecting it to continue functioning at top-notch speeds and efficiency, while I neglect to have it tuned up and keep it gassed up etc.  (clinicalposters.com)


PL Principle #1.  I will live paying careful attention, putting Makoto (sincerity) into all I say and do.  

I got lazy, I didn’t tend to my needs, I got arrogant believing that I could just “keep trucking”, but the “Universe” stepped in and let my body speak … and it did, loud and clear. I have a greater appreciation for the work my hands do for me… and I will at making amends.

PL Precept # 15 .. All is a mirror

PL Precept #20  Live  maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter.

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri


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