Our so to speak ‘dojo’ is a sheltered roof top which could be technically considered to be a ‘multi-purpose hall’. And it is a shared area. so sometimes there are other people’s dirt and mess which we have to clean up. This pisses Harry sensei a lot and he will always complain about it.
Today he talked about the floor again, and i think it is rather profound. There is a lot of dried paint stain marks on the edges of the floor, and Harry sensei’s approach is to ‘remove’ them through mopping, everytime we occupy the place for training. He said that everytime we mop, we will clean up the stain a little bit.
It struck me that he was saying the same thing about our training, we come to the dojo every time to have a little bit of our bad habits, our mental stain removed. Bit by bit, as long as you ‘mopped’ you’ll be a little cleaner.
Surely we can use a scraper and scrap the paint marks out, but this method is tedious and sometimes if you are not careful, you’ll scratch the floor, and leave a permanent mark in replacement of the temporary one.
This is also to remind us that progress takes time. if we rush into it, we might end up hurrying towards the wrong ideals. It is better to train every opportunity we have, and train to be a little ‘cleaner’ mentally, instead of looking for a ‘shortcut’ or fast track. We may end up with consequences we are not prepared to face.