A Path to Self Improvement - The Samurai Method
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Do you lack self discipline? Many of us do. Gaining self discipline is a matter of
working at it it. Their are several paths to reach it, I think. One method is
practicing constant self improvement. Check out my story; I have always been
fascinated by the martial arts. Martial arts are the physical self defense disciplines
that were developed in the Far East. The arts include but are not limited to Kung Fu,
Karate, Judo, Aikido, Kempo, Ninjitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu and many others. These
were made popular here most famously by Bruce Lee. I believe that my addiction to
these arts and their movies was fed by the Saturday afternoon matinees that the
television stations used to show. As a young prepubescent boy watching Shao Lin
monks leaping through the air as if they were flying, shattering stones with their
bare hands and the speed finesse and skill level that they displayed was mind
blowing to me. That was first hooked me to their culture as I took up the arts
myself I immersed myself in books and magazines about asian culture. While I am
not the first in sharing the riches and wisdom the Buddha, Sun Tzu and Confucius. I
believe that I am the first to share the wisdom of the Samurai on Ezines.
In case you
didn't know the Samurai were warrior caste in feudal Japan.
The ideal samurai were expected to lead austere, disciplined lives, dedicated to their
lords and the perfection of the martial arts and their character. They were expected
to be capable of bringing the same finesse to the tea ceremony, calligraphy, and
poetry as they would to the removal of an enemy's head in battle. They gave
complete loyalty to their daimyo (feudal landlord) in his private army, and received
land, position, status, and money in return.
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Self Improvement and the Power of ‘Why’
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Please read the following and try to absorb the principles of constant self
improvement that the samurai practiced. While it won't help you in your sword play
the wisdom listed below can help into shaping you into a better person. Mind you
that this list has been adapted from ancient Samurai precepts and thus they have
been adapted to make sense in todays world.
Precepts of the Samurai (samurai no kokoroe), a modern variation on
Know yourself. (Jiko o shiru koto)
Always follow through on commitments. (Jibun no kimeta koto wa saigo made kikko
Respect everyone. (Ikanaru hito demo sonke suru koto)
Hold strong convictions that cannot be altered by your circumstances. (Kankyo ni
sayu sarenai tsuyoi shinnen o motsu koto)
Don't make an enemy of yourself. (Mizu kara teki o tsukuranai koto)
Live without regrets. (Koto ni oite kokaisezu)
Be certain to make a good first impression. (Hito to no deai o taisetsu ni suru koto)
Don't cling to the past. (Miren o motanai koto)
Never break a promise. (Yakusoku o yaburanai koto)
Don't depend on other people. (Hito ni tayoranai koto)
Don't speak ill of others. (Hito o onshitsu shinai koto)
Don't be afraid of anything. (Ikanaku koto ni oite mo osorenai koto)
Respect the opinions of others. (Hito no iken o soncho suru koto)
Have compassion and understanding for everyone. (Hito ni taishite omoiyari o
Don't be impetuous. (karuhazumi ni koto o okosanai koto)
Even little things must be attended to. (Chiisa na koto demo taisetsu ni suru koto)
Never forget to be appreciative. (Kansha no kimochi o wasurenai koto)
Make a desperate effort. (Issho kenmei monogoto o suru koto)
Have a plan for your life. (Jinsei no mokuhyo o sadameru
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Self Improvement and Why We Must Be Resilient
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Never lose your "Beginner's Spirit". (Shoshin o wasurubekarazaru koto)
Saigo made eizoku suru - persist to the end. This one has special meaning to me I
look at this in this way "to persist is to conquer"
Personally, I try to make an effort to live up to these ideals. They teach the
importance of self reliance and responsibility for ones actions. If you can't blame
anyone else for your misfortunes you are that more focused on your goals. This is a
constant effort, we are human, there is always room for improvement.
*The Samurai precepts is from http://www.kristenkyle.com/resnotes.html written by
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