Thoughts on “Parting Ways” and “Superstitious Avoidances”

I recently received an inquiry from a reader in Iceland (!):

“I am from Latvia… I am practicing kendo 2 years. Now I am in Iceland, doing volunteer service, so I am practicing kendo alone. I am studying The Five Rings; I have the book translated by you. Almost two months I am thinking about “The Path Walked Alone”, but not every line is understandable to me … Can you give me short explanation about some of the lines? :

– ‘On whatever the path, do not be sad about parting ways.’

– ‘Regarding your body, do not avoid certain things for superstitious reasons.’

Thank you very much, and have a good day.”

 My response: