Global connections at sunrise

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Half a dozen of us around the globe decided to share the moment of sunrise together, lifting our swords in shoko — a salutation — as the sun rose for each of us on the last day of the year. And though it turned out to be a cold rainy morning for me, the global peer pressure got me out there, greeting the sunrise…

In addition to adding a level of social commitment, I found it also took my practice deeper when I knew I was (somehow) sharing it with friends around the world. I did the shoko greeting, then ran the still dark wooded trails near the lake, and finished with Diamond 8 sword cutting — cutting and blessing in my mind, sending the blessings in all directions.

Might do more of these global coordinated practices — they add a sense of community and depth to the practice…

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