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Is it the kata Sanchin or the authenticity of your practice that resonates so deeply in your being?
At this point in time, it is hard to separate the one from the other. At my first class, when I did my first Sanchin -- mimicking the moves of others -- something resonated in my being. I had tears in my eyes, and felt like I "came home." It was unexplainable at that time and still is.
Kata happens not because of me, but in spite of me. When I'm totally in my center, open-minded, not caring ... I find that there are no limitations, just pure energy giving birth to form.
One of my teachers said that a person would truly know that she was on their 'path with heart' when it would be difficult to speak about it ... when the heart opens and emotions flow freely when engaged in the practice of exploring the way.
Karate is a passion for me as is studying several other ways. I do not practice zen per se, but am drawn to Tibetan Buddhism. The study of Uechi-ryu pararells many other teachings for me.
Ah, I hear your thoughts on the "not knowing." How difficult it is sometimes to stay in the flow of life and take one moment at a time.
In beauty, Jackie