August 26, 2006

Definition : Mushin

Mushin no Shin

Translated : "Mind of no Mind".

Originating from Japanese modes of Zen thought, Mushin is a state where actions occur without a thought being required. It is best known for martial arts training, and most references to 'being like water' on the silver screen are related to it, whether the author knew it or not.

While Mushin is most often described and noticed in combat states - likely due to the increased awareness during such things - it can be cultivated and maintained in other areas. In fact, it often manifests in abilities as basic as computer typing and food prep, although such "Everyday Mushin" is often ignored as mundane.


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