--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Mel <gunnar19632000@...> wrote:
> --- On Thu, 13/1/11, SteveW <eugnostos2000@...> wrote:
> When I was younger, I was troubled by obssesive checking behavior. I have 
> found that, for me, it is a matter of just being mindful of the anxiety, as 
> it arises, without either trying to run away from it or run toward it. And 
> then I choose to do something else that is unrelated in order to redirect my 
> attention. In my case, I enjoy karate, so I would go work on a kata, or form 
> exercise. But any activity that you enjoy will do. The OCD is just a glitch 
> in your amygdala brain center. Just be mindful of it, label it as just a 
> glitch that is not really "you", and then redirect your attention to 
> something else. Worked for me.
> Steve
> MEL: Another karate buff! Yayyy! I like Shotokan myself, but I unfortunately 
> can only train on my own these days due to health restrictions(eg. 
> arthritis) and lack of suitable schools where I am. And I'll take that advise 
> as well, Steve. I'm a long-time sufferer of this horrid mental disease. 
> Thanks!
> in peace
> Mel
  Hi Mel. I also practice Shotokan (Shodan). My original training was in the 
JKA version, but recently I have been exposed to some of the kata devised by 
the late Master Asai, formerly the technical director of the JKA before he left 
to start his own organization. I have also trained in Shorin Ryu, Judo and 
Hapkido. In fact, I originally learned zazen as a teenager attending a martial 
arts program for street kids. The instructors included a few minutes of zazen 
before and after the traditional class. They also offered a period of zazen for 
those kids who wanted to stick around after class. As you know, the traditional 
approach to Japanese karate is "moving zen". I am very sorry about your 
arthritis. I am in my fifties and I am already starting to feel the long-term 
consequences of innumerable injuries incurred during training. Don't quit! 
Above the door of that first traditional class I attended was a quote from 
Bodhidharma: "To fall seven times, to rise eight times, life starts from now!" 
BTW, my favorite traditional kata is Kanku Dai. What's yours?


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