My previous post on spirituality was so confusing to me that I had to spend some time trying to figure out what I was trying to say. I came up with an example that helped me better understand it: Kyudo lab. I try to explain it now.
One round of shooting two arrows in Kyudo takes 10-30 minutes, depending on the number of people in the group (between 2 and 5). It consists of a set of movements in preparation for the shooting and is a detailed ritual. I think of it as a small prototype of the life. It helps me understand some complicated aspects of life.
There are many elements to a round of shooting:
1- Target is the objective of shooting. We have many objectives in life. The first lesson in Kyudo is that target is necessary for focus and alignment, but it should not occupy the whole attention.
2- Form is the physical ways of going through the round. It is the discipline that you keep working on and polishing. Good shooting comes from good form.
3- Breathing coordinates movements and helps in relaxing tensions.
4- Energy comes from tanden (center of body) and a good arrow is shot with that energy.
5- Other archers and everything around must be part of the focus. Coordination with other archers and paying attention to the surroundings.
There are possibly other elements that I missed, but the point is that none of them should be the sole focus of the archer. Ultimately, one needs to keep a balance between all the elements.
Life seems very similar: No aspects of the life can be the sole focus. Reaching a balance in life, is probably the most we can expect.
Even though the main joy in Kyudo comes from the release of arrow with full energy, but this is only a second in the whole 10-30 minutes.
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