Remaining calm in the middle of chaos.
Do-Chu-Sei as a concept comes from 3 Japanese characters:
- Do (動), as in movement,
- Chu (中), as in inside, center, and;
- Sei (静), as in silence, calm, stillness, or quietude.
This concept is used in Aikido to describe the state of “being calm while in motion” or, a state of “quietude in the midst of action”.
From Reactivity to Serenity
Some refer to this phenomenon as “zen in motion”. It is a mental poise expressed through the body’s movement. It is the ability to stay calm, still, and centered. In Aikido, we seek to change our behavior from reactivity to serenity and internal fortitude. This quality cannot be achieved overnight. It is a result of years and years of dedicated and sincere training. Some of us experience a flash of it every now and then, and lucky are the ones who have mastered maintaining…
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