As I went about my daily training today, I secluded myself and began to focus on Seishin (loosely translated Pure heart or pure spirit) How was I to go about this?
Meditation under a cold waterfall? Spend years as a hermit in a cave?
Well, this is where I came to. I remembered Soke Hatsumi speaking one day that “Budo is Meditation”, and it hit me, Seishin is a combination of endurance and humility, brought about through hard core training. One of the secrets in all training but especially in Ninjutsu is to NEVER GIVE UP! Soke is fond of saying “Keep Going” and that is a secret, every day chipping away, learning new things, pulling away the weak spots. Seishin is to me is an embodiment of enduring the harsh training and being humbled by it as well.
As I finished my makiwara training and moved on to shoten no jutsu, then to my trail run. I finished and was humbled as my muscles were shaking and I was physically exhausted.
Just another day in training!