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The concept of mushin (loosely translated as "no mind") is very important in the practice of kata. The bow is meant as a ritual to prepare your mind to enter into the state of mushin. At the end of the form you mind should be in a state of "zazen" which I understand is a state of total alertness and yet complete calmness.
The state of mushin or mosshoseki or samadhi (Sanskrit) is often referred to as one-pointedness, naturalness or "cool, calm and collected". The practice of zazen refers to "sitting meditation", the vehicle of choice in zen circles for training the mind to arrive at and maintain the state of samadhi in our daily activities.
That you can attain to this mushin state in the presence of J.D. in drag is especially admirable and inspiring...
bowing is only natural