Don’t make your kyudo perfect. Don’t try to be perfect.
Trying to do all the things you’re trying to do, all at that same time in your mind when you’re using your body to express an art, it’s not possible like that.
But that’s a tricky subject. Because the purpose of it is striving to be perfect, and reaching that perfection through unimaginable breakthroughs. We are supposed to give our complete faith and effort along these perfect invisible lines of instruction and make a perfect shot …
But that’s not very interesting, every day with your serious face trying to be better than everyone else. Practicing in the darkness so you can show everyone one day that you’re the chosen one.
Laugh at your mistakes, don’t try to be perfect, connect with your fellow archers.
Put your serious focus into one or two small things, and have fun with the rest.
If you aren’t perfect, well, that’s just you in the world and nature flowing as it is showing you different things.
But if you do find that one shot of perfection, you will feel it and experience it with the others around you.
Perfection is an image of the image, a castle.
The rest of the world is a forest.