Mushin may be difficult to describe. It is translated as “no thought”, “no fear”, or “no mind.” A martial arts technique, Mushin occurs when the conscious mind does not stand in the way of the body and instinct. Mushin occurs anytime that intuition takes over. There are no logical steps to Mushin, but there are exercises to increase the chances of reaching Mushin.


  • Sit comfortably in a quiet room with no distractions.
  • Focus on breathing. (There is no need to breathe in tandem; be natural.)
  • Try to keep the mind blank, and consciously release each distracting thought as it comes.