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Mad Lab Samurai: Get in To Your Creation Station

If you do anything for yourself give your self one hour a day of “mad lab” time.   Mad lab time is a time that you give yourself to create, tinker, putter without thinking of results, profits, “followers”, et cetera.  This … Continue reading

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Claim Your Song, Samurai

“Everybody loves music. What you really want is for music to love you. And that’s the way I saw it was with Keith…You’re not writing it, it’s writing you. You’re its flute or its trumpet; you’re it’s strings. That’s real … Continue reading

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Samurai Cleaning is Samurai Learning

A big snowstorm hit a few days ago and unfortunately my oldest daughter had a fever and we didn’t head out for sledding.   Before cabin fever set in, I resorted to extreme measures–I began cleaning.   I didn’t clean the whole … Continue reading

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Samurai Swimming: The Importance of “Treading Water”

The other day I was minding my own business and paying attention to @ajatt’s twitter conversation when a rockin’ young ma twitterin’ man named @Mikeylovesrock asked, “Could someone create an @ajatt method for guitar fluency? :p I’d be much obliged.”  … Continue reading

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How to get better in one easy step. Show the Samurai Up!

All I need to know is how much is enough.   —James Heisig’s translation of  saying on a small stone basin at Ryonji,  a Zen temple Buddhist poet Saigyo tried to live “one inch above the ground.”  . . .not with … Continue reading

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The Happiness Decision: Samurai Book Review

Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.  –Ben Hogan You don’t have to “feel”happy to put your mind in happy places. Focusing on happiness is a decision. It’s possible that happiness is a habit of turning your mind to … Continue reading

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Clear Clutter, Clear Mind: Samurai Cleaning is Samurai Learning

I recently watched an episode on NHK (the Japanese PBS) about a celebrity who spends a weekend at a Zen monastery.   Before she gets to the “business” of meditating, she has to clean the bathrooms, cleaning the beautiful wooden floors … Continue reading

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The Power of Morning and Evening: Samurai Slumbering–Samurai Rising

A Japanese self-help book, a samurai self-help blogger , and a Japanese immersion website meet at a bar and talk about the best time to “do it.”  Morning and night. Morning and night might be one of the best times … Continue reading

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The Power of Five Minutes: The Condensed Version

The Benefits of Taking Five Minutes Each Day To Do Part of Your Dreams: Starting is better than thinking about starting Five minutes each day keeps your brain “myelienated”.  You keep the thread of practice or the thought of your … Continue reading

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The Power of Five Minutes: Mutant Samurai Turtles, Activate!

I did it!  I headed to the post office, got the right postage and sent my book proposal to an agent I worked with years before.   (I will tell you later what it was my book proposal was about.  I … Continue reading

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