A step in the shadow – Kagefumi

Kagefumi 影踏

After of practicing for a certain amount of time the way of the art, one perceives that not is possible to make daily progress.
After of practicing for a certain amount of time the way of the art, one perceives that not is possible to make weekly progress
After of practicing for a certain amount of time the way of the art, one perceives that not is possible to make monthly progress.
After of practicing for a certain amount of time the way of the art, one perceives that not is possible to make annual progress.
After of practicing for a certain amount of time the way of the art, one perceives that not is possible to make progress in a decade.
After of practicing for a certain amount of time the way of the art, one perceives that not is possible to make progress in a lifetime.
All progress comes little by little, slowly, gently.

The progress in an art is like a fog that’s around you, you can’t see that fog, but you can feel that it surrounds you, in the fog one does not know that it is wet but to the average that is penetrating in the depth of the fog, is wetted little by little, slowly, and softly.

When the mind, heart, and body abandon all ideas, feelings or effort for progress, and simply focus on the practice of day and night (Nichiya – 日夜), almost imperceptibly the fog will wet us, little by little, slowly and gently.

The changes will not be able to be perceived, the fog of the art is invisible for the eyes of the mind (mienai; invisible; 見え ない) and incomprehensible for the intellect (wakaranai; incomprehensible; 分から ない), the opportunity is born in the courage of entering in a fog of uncertainty and the doubt; there is nothing to obtain of the practice beyond that of the same practice of the moment, here and now.

You have to go into the unknown, and soaking in the fog, is in the darkest moments when we should concentrate on perceiving an opening in the distance and the space in the practice of the art (Koku; 虚空).

It is in the darkest moments of life, in the deepest challenges of our lives when we must focus on perceiving the light at the end. Keeping faith and happiness in moments of enjoyment and prosperity is simple, keeping the faith and courage to venture into the fog of the unknown in times of uncertainty and doubts is the true meaning of perseverance (shinobi; 忍) (faith + patience = perseverance).

After practicing for a certain amount of time in the way of the art, one perceives that they only have to continue moving forward, staying on the path.

Sometimes to move forward you have to go back and rest, gather forces, gather energy and weigh your strategy, you know however that fog of the art is not waiting for you, must move forward step by step, the art is always in motion, so you have to continue moving.

After practicing for a certain amount of time in the way of the art, one perceives that they just have  to continue to practice “for the practice” just as one has to continue living “for the life”.

The value of life cannot be measured by eyes nor mind.
After practicing for a certain amount of time in the way of the art, one perceives through the way of the fog of uncertainty and the doubt, and focus in the practice of NO PROGRESS, little by little, slowly and gently, they will polish the eyes of the heart (忍).

The value of life can only be measured with the eyes of the heart and the soul.

David Esteban Guzman, edited and reposted with permission by Luke Crocker

Note : Original Photo courtesy of Filip Bartos.

 

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