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Who Are You – Do you Really Know? (Part 2)

Most people, including myself are not very adept at this kind of meditation but I believe it’s because our metabolism has us constantly moving in some fashion and just sitting still with your fingers on your knee just doesn’t cut it.  When in actuality I’m referring to something completely different…there is an ancient philosophy called Mu shin.  Mu shin is really nothing more than “mind with no mind”.  Understandably that is some jargon most are not familiar with…but it’s not nearly as difficult as one may think.

Thanks to the wonder of Wikipedia…Mu shin is a Japanese word; English translation “no mind” but it’s shortened from Mu shin to no shin meaning the mind without mind and is also referred to as the state of “no-mindness”.  Mu shin is achieved when a person’s mind is free from thoughts of anger, fear, or ego either during combat or everyday life. There is an absence of wandering thought and judgment, so the person is totally free to act and react towards an objective without hesitation and without disturbance from such thoughts. At this point, a person relies not on what they think should be, but on what is their trained natural reaction or what is felt intuitively. It’s not a state of relaxed, near-sleep kind of thing we think of in traditional meditation. The mind could be said to be working at a very high speed, but with no intention, plan or direction.

So in actuality it’s not about the picture above, and it can be achieved in many different natural occurrences and probably already has for you.  For example, it could easily happen while watching TV, mowing the grass, picking weeds, driving down the highway, or just waiting in line.  If you pay attention to people you can see them enter into Mu shin.  It’s because of the look that comes over their faces.   It’s important to note, this happens because when we least expect it…as we allow our inner mind to work on questions which will reveal themselves during these times.  The concept of journaling is very good habit to have…keeping a notebook with you to jot down idea you will be so surprised how many thought or ideas pass through your mind.

The real confusion comes in the form of a picture the following is something that could probably be found in a fortune cookie…here is Mu shin…

Mu shin can be nothing but can also be anything…

See what I told you…fortune cookie stuff…but really that is exactly what Mu shin is…depending upon you it could be while you doing nothing or it could be while you’re doing anything…for me it’s like a connection to my inner self giving me ideas, or answers to questions I’ve given it…so many times when I need to help about some particular subject…before I go to bed I concentrate on whatever the subject is and tell my inner mind to go to work as I sleep and give me the answer but 9:00 the next morning…surprisingly it works for me…

 

Wow that’s a lot to take in right…but is what it is…

 

Thanks so much for your time,