Monday, August 03, 2009

Absolutely NOT zanshin

Photo courtesy of Mr. Photoshop
Let's continue trying to define zanshin by discussing briefly what zanshin is most certainly not! Zanshin is not posing.
  • It is not zanshin when you do some crazy kung-fu-looking posture with eagle claw hands and a Bruce Lee scream.
  • It is not zanshin when you try to look like a movie samurai in your indigo hakama and hair pulled into a topknot.
  • It is not zanshin when you furrow your brow and say, "ahsoo" or "hmmmm..." as you look at the guy you just threw down.
These things are not zanshin mostly because they are focussed on your own appearance. Zanshin is about quiet awareness and connectedness - not image.
Patrick Parker, is a Christian, husband, father, judo and aikido teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282
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