Break out the soy sauce, because Samurai Mind Online is lost in translating another Japanese source today! In this chapter of １日３０分」を続けなさい！人性勝利の勉強法５５ Learn to Win by Yukio Furuichi (古市幸雄) asks the simple question, what is the best way to read? Continue reading »
I was one of those guys that resisted getting an iPod for what seems like an eternity. Then, I started trying to learn Japanese and realized what a relic I was walking around town with a cassette deck or even a CD player.
Ipods, etc are a great boon to the samurai mind. You’ll want to have moments of silence but you can immerse yourself in your field or in your field of dreams. I have used my sound environment to help me with Japanese, WordPress, my health, and to start blasting through old creativity and money patterns. Photo by Jim at http://bit.ly/S1Kvpd
Then I started doing AJATT (All Japanese All the Time) at ajatt.com. Khatzumoto recommends that you always have fun Japanese music and podcasts playing during times you can’t be hooked up to other forms of Japanese media. It made sense and I bit the bullet. I haven’t looked back since. Continue reading »
Happiness, breathing, bowling. It worked for me one amazing night. Photo from Jim at http://www.unprofound.com/viewpic.php?pic=bowler.jpg&photographer=jim#
I haven’t gone bowling in years, but three weeks ago I was back at it, funny shoes and all. I think I’ve played mini-golf more times than I’ve gone bowling, and that isn’t saying much.
I only played two games. The first game, I was getting used to bowling again. I kept experimenting with different balls. I went for the pink gum light gum balls and tried bowling with that. I kept noticing my buddies next to me getting strikes and having a great old time. I hung my head in shame and then just kept trying. I kept trying different balls and adjusting my technique. I got a heavier ball and got a strike towards the end of the game. I think I got an 85–not an impressive score.
However, towards the end of the game, I made a few interesting choices in addition to getting the heavier ball. I modeled the form that the more successful players were using–something like my foot ending up on the other side of my body. I also made the decision to breathe and, as hokey as this is going to sound, I made the decision to love the moment. I made the decision to be happy holding the ball, seeing where the pins were, releasing the ball, and staying connected even after I released the ball.
The results were shockingly fun. Almost every frame I played a spare or a strike. At one point, I got three strikes in a row. I surprised myself by being able to pick off single pins. Each time it was my turn, I made the decision again: have fun with this moment, connect, love. I ended up the game with 200.
Maybe creativity flow can happen like this, a balance between concentration, focus on technique, while breathing and letting go. Photograph from Jim at http://bit.ly/UChtLh
I didn’t know that this was a big deal, except for the big video display. Then guys came up and said, “Wow, how did you do that?” A couple guys explained that they have been bowling regularly and have never gotten to 200.
I could end this little post with some big lesson. In fact, as I wrote this, Steve Chandler’s 100 Ways to Create Wealth came up on my samurai shuffle. His wealth tip #29 is: “Learn to Keep Breathing.”
Okay, not completely true. When I forget to turn in my daughter’s DVD of, let’s say, Barbie: A Fairy Secret (a cinematic tour de force-harrumph!) and am asked to fork over six bucks, my heart doesn’t sing. But then I remember that it is a forced donation to an organization that I have voluntarily given money to in the past and that I will willingly give to again.
Yeah, sing it, just like the Rolling Stones. “Sa-mu-rai Time is on my side! Yes it is!” Don’t know how to sing? That’s okay, sing it badly. Don’t know who the Rolling Stones are? Abandon all hope ye who enter.
As I write this, I have a device strapped to my wrist, counting down and ready to vibrate in twelve minutes. Continue reading »
Don’t let your skills lose their charge. A little a day keeps the skills in play.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest (lit: most important) thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Samurai Dose of Soy Translation: A Little Bit Every Day Over Time is Better Than a Lot over Short Periods
I have been a reluctant writer but now I have found ways to turn writing into a game. I have had a space at a writer’s loft for years and have written many pages now, but now it seems my writing has taken off in new and exciting ways. (To me at least!) Part of this is a new way in which I am managing time. (See Samurai Time is on Your Side) But I also play a little game called keeping the laptop battery charged. Continue reading »
「１日３０分」を続けなさい！人性勝利の勉強法５５ Learn to Win 古市幸雄 Furuichi Yukio
Furuichi Tip #1: Timing is Essential
First a note on how I found this book. I knew through the All Japanese All the Time website that if I wanted to learn Japanese, I “needed” (dwa–dangerous word alert) to immerse myself in materials that I enjoyed. However, I felt that I “should” (dwa) do this by reading Japanese comics. “Should” and “need” are actually words to watch out for as you find ways to to tap into your mind’s potential. Fun, even if fun means overcoming obstacles and enjoying it, is a better signpost to a learning and life-path.
After trying to become a manga fan, I realized that my guilty pleasure is actually reading self-help books. I love books that promise me the world, that promise me that I can transform my life in x steps. Continue reading »
Suzuki Shosan (1579-1655) who had fought as a samurai in the battles of Sekihagara and Osaka argued that in the life of commoners, ordinary, daily work, could lead to enlightenment. What mattered was internal attitude; when this was properly adjusted and focused all trades could become the roads to spiritual emancipation.” p. 222 Marius B. Jansen, The Making of Modern Japan
Source: Wikipedia Genpaku trained himself to understand Dutch to further Japanese understanding of medicine and science.
Well, despite my disclaimer samurai have crept into my blog. First of all, let me explain how I found this quote. I am a busy high school teacher and a father of two children and time is at a premium. However, what I have learned All Japanese All the Time and Japanese writers on learning, is that squeezing in little moments of learning things that bring you joy is much more preferable to throwing up your hands and feeling that all is futile. Want to play guitar? Hold it in your hands five minutes a day and do something. Continue reading »