Balance in the mind and body should not be in dissonance but in harmony. A proper body leads to a proper mind, and a proper mind leads to a proper body.
Rather than particular ways, the peaceful warrior seeks the Way, an approach that works in all matters. Rather than borders and categories, see the uniformity.
Too much emphasis is placed on the self. Greatness does not solely arise from implicit qualities, it also comes from the quality of the process. For strength to increase, the process must be hot, and the self must melt away.
When the self melts away, you will link to the emptiness of the universe where there is only harmony and peace. Chaos exists only within our self-centered opinions. When we remove our judgments, there is only what is and what isn't.
This is the forging process. Polish the spirit and remove selfishness and hate.
The obstacles of the mind only exist within the mind. Then to clear a path, you must aim the blade toward yourself.
Our physical qualities are limited, our human qualities are not. Place the emphasis on humanity.
Your strengths are not meant to serve your best interest, they exist so you can light a path and serve the world. Only then will you have any purpose.
Success is relative. For you to surpass others does not only mean you increased your own level, without any improvement in yourself, if everyone else diminishes, you will once again surpass them. Getting better is the same as others getting worse. Getting worse is the same as others getting better. Nothing is static — you can be David and you can also be Goliath.
Fearing a challenge is like fearing yourself. Despising a challenging is like despising yourself.
An adversarial mind will only find enemies. It takes bravery to accept what is.
Only you will grow sick from the ill you hold for others.
But if you approach the world with compassion, like the moon on the surface of a lake, it will reflect it back.
There is no difference between you and another to the universe. You are one and the same — more universe.
The weapons of a peaceful warrior are not his fists or any material weapon, they are the strength of his character, the size of his heart, and the pureness of his spirit.
And when confronted with a challenge, the peaceful warrior is prepared.
Do not go where your opponent is strong, go where he is weak.
Do not strike with hate but approach even conflicts with compassion.
Rather than focusing on his strengths, focus on your own. Everyone is limited within their spheres of comfort. Then be comfortable in all situations, do not restrict yourself to any sphere.
And when unrestricted, you will see unity.
You, like the moon reflected on the water, are an illusion. Your opponent, too, is an illusion. The battle is within yourself. This is why you will never find anything solid to strike. There is no separation between you and your opponent for you are one and the same. The Art of Peace is the art of change and you are the only thing that stands in the way of self-change.
Empty your self and you will be boundless.
The past melts into the future; the future melts into the past. Life and death are locked in a state of flux. All illusions, not a place anyone can exist in. Then be here now. You can only exist now; because only now exists.
Useful Companions (Improve Your Education and This Site by Buying a Book):
- The Art of Peace: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido – Morihei Ueshiba (Author), John Stevens (Compiler, Translator)