This is to add on to my earlier blog post on Supernormal Stimulus.
Well, when one is supernormal stimulated, one gets fixated. When one gets fixated, we lose focus.
Being focused and being fixated is like looking at the ocean and looking at a glass filled with water from the ocean.
Aikido is the ocean, techniques of Aikido is like the proverbial glass full of ocean’s water. (No I’m not going into the half full glass, half empty glass, optimism/ pessimism crap)
Fixated is when we get too caught up trying to deal with our attacker, and trying to ‘defend’ ourselves from the attacker’s ‘attack’. The attack seems larger than life, faster than fast, we get excited and when we get excited, we go into duality mode, fight/flight. We get tunnel vision, we focused on the things that are often the thing we should least focus on.
Fixation is the symptom of a supernormal stimulated mind, addiction is the next step.
Focus is the way out of fixation. Focus is looking at the ocean, fixation is looking for a specific wave on the ocean, when we look at the entire ocean of Aikido, we can see that an attack can come from any direction, there is not anticipating it. Likewise, a defense can happen at any moment’s given time, there is no need to practise or rehearse it. There is no need to get fixated in handling a specific kind of attack. Attacks and defense are like waves, there is always one for another.
The practise of Aikido is to allow our mind to calm down, to come, to a place where there is an abundance in response, in action to handle any given situation. That is focus.
As long as we remain focused, not fixated, we will remain fluid, alert and not caught up in the thick of thin things; our opponents will find it harder to catch us unaware, trap us with ambushes. We will know how to get out of a rut, simply because we can. As long as we focused on the solution and not get fixated by the problem, we can