I love things that I can focus my intention on, especially things that may appear simple to the untrained. Two examples are drawing a sword in Iado practice and swinging a golf club. I’ve attempted both. I say attempted because I’ve yet to even gain novice status at either. Both are extremely frustrating and calming at the same time. This sounds paradoxical I know, but unless you’ve attempted either it is impossible to describe any other way.
At the driving range today I practiced my swing with focused intention trying to coordinate my breath and my movement with the outcome. Needless to say I had only two very good swings (as related to the outcome), but the exercise was very zen.
Is it any wonder the samurai practiced archery, sword, and calligraphy. It makes me wonder if they would have enjoyed a round of golf?