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    Shugyo with Sensei: Focus

    "Sensei asked me to be more energetic with the other women and this is disturbing me in some ways. I am afraid of being too energetic for not discouraging other women, but at the same time, the way I am acting can be rather a form of segregation. The ideal, as in everything in life, is the middle ground, but finding this point is harder than I thought.
    After the training, we returned to the ADM where I received a somewhat unusual mission from Sensei: to cut the hair. It is not required of women to have short hair for the Shugyo (spiritual retreat with Sensei), it is only required to keep it tied. I"ve never had a problem with haircuts, I actually have fun doing it, my problem has always been to do something in my hair in order (or opinion) of someone else. And here"s a problem of mine that was never challenged after my pre-adolescence. Although I did not even hesitate to say, "Hai!" (Yes, sir!), I confess that while the hairdresser did her work, I felt very strange, not really sure what I was feeling.
    Until I came back to ADM, take a shower and just need to settle my hair on the next day, I realized that Sensei only freed me from another distraction.
    The rest of the day was dedicated to the organization of my days, belongings and accommodation." Thais Boeira - Niten Porto Alegre

    If you do not know what you want, do not look for me
    You must be ready to "die," if you come to the Shugyo


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