Timing Practice: Morning and Evening Reflections

Timing Practice: Morning and Evening Reflections* *please read the Timing article before reviewing this practice I think good timing is an essential element of peace‐making. We can use A timing to avoid unnecessary conflict. One of the best ways to practice timing in daily life is to review the events of the day, and preview the day to come. At the end of each day I look back and review the high and low points, and lessons learned. This is using C timing to reflect on what I could have done differently. In the morning I think about the day ahead and prepare myself (A timing). I ask myself, “What Continue reading

The Criticality of Timing and Intention-2010

in Conflict Resolution, Peacemaking and the Martial Arts For the general public, the impression of martial arts often involves a physical conflict between two or more people. That conflict exists in a time-space continuum and in order to make contact, those people choose to intersect. * If we use the analogy of firing a gun for conflict – Ready, Aim, Fire – Ready is at Point A, Aim is at Point B and Fire occurs at Point C. Most martial arts are based on acting at Point C – when an opponent is already upon us. Timing is everything in the martial arts, yet C timing is very late and Continue reading

Kenkain Hoko – Flower Walking

Just recently I read a book with a conversation between Kiyoshi Oka (a well‐known mathematician) and Hideo Kobayashi (an art critic). Hideo Kobayashi asked Kiyoshi Oka what the number one meant to him, thinking he would talk about mathematics. Oka said that ‘one’ is when a baby stands up for the first time. Its brain must study and figure out the process of coordinating nerves, muscles, balance and gravity. The experience becomes a way for the baby to understand the universe. In essence, ‘one’ means integration. Being able to stand up and walk is critical as we age. All older people have an aspiration to live independently as long as Continue reading