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March 06, 2015

”Henshitsu”/Changing

The content of this blog is for Instructors or people in a position to lead members or other people.

 

(Mind) and (Ki) both have no shape or form, which is why we can’t see these with our eyes. Because both are invisible, it is easy to forget their existence.

 

Quantity vs. Quality:

When there are changes in the quantity of something, it is easy to perceive. However, if there are changes in the quality of something, it is usually very difficult to realize it. For example: we can see the difference in quantity when we watch someone who practices a lot, but the quality of practice is usually very difficult to tell at first glance.

 

Being able to maintain the quality of practice/training is one of the important roles for an instructor, and to do this, he or she needs to focus on something that has no shape or form.

 

In life, there are many important things that have no visible form.

 

For example: having a trust relationship with someone, or feeling love, thankfulness, appreciation as well as respect for someone. Ambition and aspiration are also examples of something of importance having no visible form.

 

Whenever we do, or react to, something, it is very important to realize and remember the purpose or reason for doing it, and it is essential to continue without changing and forgetting the original purpose or reason no matter what happens.

 

Usually, “the purpose or reason” why we do something has no visible shape. This is why it is very easy to lose sight and forget, and sometimes we even change the original purpose and reason without actually realizing it.

 

When “the purpose” changes it is called “Henshitsu” which means changing/altering the real purpose. An example is listed below.

 

One of the purposes of practicing Ki Breathing is to get the feeling of a Calm Mind and continue to maintain it. Let’s say you decide to practice for 30 minutes every day. Maybe the practice starts really well, but as the practice continues it is usually very easy for some people to forget and change the real purpose that they began with, and then they start trying to focus on just keeping “30 minutes of Ki Breathing”. Because they try to force themselves to do 30 minutes of Ki Breathing, they start getting frustrated at the same time. This does not fulfill any point.

 

Another example is going regularly for Aikido practice: One of the main purposes of going for training is to learn and acquire the correct feeling while practicing. While coming regularly for classes some members forget the real purpose or reason why they come for training in the first place. Their main purpose changes and simply coming regularly for classes becomes their main purpose, instead of what they want to learn and acquire from training.

 

To continue practicing without remembering the original purpose of our practicing, will only hinder and stop our progress and growth. People who continue to practice with the right mind set, always with their main purpose being the same, will always continue to progress.

 

If the main purpose of learning changes, trying to achieve and acquire the skills we set out to achieve becomes unattainable.

 

If a company loses sight of its “main purpose”, then it will eventually fail. If the human resources lose sight of their “main purpose” then they will become unproductive and serve no purpose.

 

“Main Objectives” are easily changed and forgotten. This is why leaders and Instructors who are in a position to lead and teach people should always make sure that they remind their students/staffs the main purpose of their practice or work. By constantly repeating and reminding their members/staffs of their main purpose of training and work, it is less likely that members and staffs will change their main objective and purpose of training or working.

 

For leaders who are running or managing companies, it is important to always repeat the “main purpose/objective” of the company to staff. If instructing, instructors should always remind students the main purpose of their practice and training.

 

In order for us to always make sure that “Our main purpose” of performing/training remains the same, let us always check and re-confirm this purpose.  

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