Mushin - Peak Performance States in Aikido Philosophy

Written by Charlie Badenhop

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If you have a dog bring it to a foreign country some time and you will notice that it does quite well in understandingrepparttar basic conversation directed towards it byrepparttar 122250 local populace. In Japanese they would say "Kawaii! Kawaii!", and your dog would soon be wagging its tail. Either your dog is a heck of a lot better at learning foreign languages than you are (which is quite possible if you are like many of my fellow Americans), or, your dog is picking uprepparttar 122251 basic meaning of what is being said, viarepparttar 122252 tone of voice, volume, and phrasing. Your rational self thinks withrepparttar 122253 aid of verbal language. Your somatic self "thinks" like all other mammals, and such thinking involves making meaning out of what is sensed, rather than distilling meaning fromrepparttar 122254 spoken word. When entering into a state of mushin we wantrepparttar 122255 feeling, intuitive, mammalian mind to come torepparttar 122256 forefront, whilerepparttar 122257 rational mind is encouraged to take a bit of a holiday.

When things are going well for us our two selves seem to cooperate rather nicely and at such times it is likely that we will not have internal dialogue. We easily reach this cooperative mushin state when walking in a beautiful mountain range area, playing with a young child, or perhaps when watching a compelling movie. In my way of thinking,repparttar 122258 three examples offered here are everyday examples of a peak performance state. The whole self is actively aware of, in touch with, and absorbed by, what is transpiring. There is no need to comment on what is occurring, because every part of you already "knows" what is going on. Your thoughts, feelings, and actions occur simultaneously and spontaneously. If you take a moment to think about it, most any state that we find highly pleasurable could be defined as a peak performance state. Interesting to think about how peak performance relates to pleasure.

Onrepparttar 122259 other hand, when we get worried, frightened, or angry, we usually find our two selves (rational and somatic) in conflict with each other. In fact what becomes most obvious during times of stress, isrepparttar 122260 very different methods that your rational and somatic selves have of processing and understanding what is occurring. When your rational self gets upset it uses words to express what it is feeling. "What'srepparttar 122261 matter stupid? I thought you knew better!" might be a common complaint uttered by your rational self. Your somatic self onrepparttar 122262 other hand communicates that it is upset by releasing various enzymes that lead to an upset stomach, or by tensing uprepparttar 122263 muscles ofrepparttar 122264 body until you find yourself with a headache. What is important to note here is that both selves can be quite adept at communicating that something is wrong, but oftenrepparttar 122265 cognitive self delivers this message inrepparttar 122266 form of self criticism rather than really helping you to note in a compassionate manner just what needs to be different. Your rational self is sort of like a scientist or news commentator. It comments on what is being felt, much more than actually feeling intorepparttar 122267 experience.

One ofrepparttar 122268 main tasks of entering into and maintaining a mushin peak performance state is keeping your rational self and your somatic self cooperating with each other and supporting each other. In most instances what we invariably find, is that instructions delivered byrepparttar 122269 rational mind via internal dialogue, almost always get inrepparttar 122270 way.

What to do then?

The Seishindo Practice "Peak Performance Coach #1" can help you to begin to understandrepparttar 122271 early stages of peak performance states. Rather than "trying" to achieve a certain way of being, and wondering why it isn't quite happening yet, this exercise is designed to help you start from where you are, and beginrepparttar 122272 journey from there.

Charlie Badenhop is the originator of Seishindo, an Aikido instructor, NLP trainer, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapist. Benefit from his thought-provoking ideas and a new self-help Practice every two weeks, by subscribing to his complimentary newsletter "Pure Heart, Simple Mind" at .

The Book - a short metaphorical tale on learning and learning to learn

Written by Adam Sargant, Dip.H.Ed (Nursing Studies), Dip.Hyp.,NLP(prac)

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Gradually he noticed a change. He noticed that his sense of touch had become more delicate and more discriminating. He noticed new patterns each time he readrepparttar book with his fingers. He became aware of a rhythm and a pattern torepparttar 122249 sound of his fingers lightly brushingrepparttar 122250 pages and he discovered a depth and variety of colour he had not before known. And he noticed a change in himself.

He noticed how his life touchedrepparttar 122251 lives of others in different ways, and how others touched his own life. He became aware of smaller and smaller changes, ever further away, still felt deep within. And he didn't know how much of these changes came fromrepparttar 122252 reading ofrepparttar 122253 book, or simply fromrepparttar 122254 action of learning to readrepparttar 122255 book. When asked, he would smile, and quietly say that it simply didn't matter any more.

Adam is an NLP practitioner and Hypnotherapist, as well as a mental health nurse with over a decades experience. He is passionate about the use of language to effect change, and about the ability of people to maximise their own potential.

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