I have been neglecting my Shakuhachi for a while. I played a bit after a funeral two weeks ago but other than that I seemed to have fallen into that winter Shakuhachi lull that seems to happen every year that I usually don't break out of until spring.
Today I made an exception, may be I am just inspired by the book I am reading called Blowing Zen by Ray Brooks.
At any rate I managed to do get in a few moments of RoBuki before I was attacked by the wife and kids wanting to know "What to do today?"
During those precious moments I was so very aware of how important just blowing Ro is. I also saw why ZaZen is so much easier for me than Robuki. There are soooooooooooo many things going on in RoBuki that require both attention and non-attention at the same time that today I found myself kind of just blown away by the observation. For example if I am thinking of my neck my back tenses up, If I am thinking of my pitch my pitch is to low. I noticed my unhelpful habits like using the fingertips instead of the finger pads etc, etc. RELAX! Just be Ro!!!
All of this and so much more from just ten minuets of Ro. What an important practice. I wonder if I will do that again?