The wide open path —
run with Spring’s abandon and /
swallow the first bug
(Notes: There’s a special exercise form in Shintaido called “eiko” where you raise your staff, a sword, to the sky, and then run across a wide field cutting the sky with your sword. You usually do it fast, energetically, and often it feels exhausting. But after playing with this for a while, I eventually found it energizing (even as I lost my breath doing it). This wide open approach to a field and sky can apply to life also — going forward with full energy. Just don’t swallow any bugs.