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World in Slippers

There is a saying that when you enter the dojo you should leave the world in your slippers. Your slippers should be arranged neatly outside of the dojo.

If you have thoughts about work, school, relationships, etc., you should leave them in your slippers. When you are in the dojo, you should be ready to learn. Your attention should be on nothing else.

If your mind wanders, not only will you not be able to learn, you could become injured or harm someone else.

There is time for the world after training. You must cultivate the mental discipline to be able to concentrate on training while you are in the dojo.

By the way, one of my sensei would collect any slippers that were not arranged neatly and throw them in the trash can.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin