To use a weapon effectively you must allow yourself to fully bond with it. This process is like the formation of a very dear friendship. Associates influence you as much as you influence them, therefore you you must get to know them well before allowing yourself to become close.
WEAPON MEDITATION: Select one of your primary martial arts weapons to meditate upon.* Set and start a countdown timer for 10 minutes. With weapon either in hand or on your lap, assume your customary meditation posture. Take three deep breaths and relax. Regulate your breathing into a steady and regular rhythm. Meditate on the symbolism, power, purpose and potential of the weapon. Consider it from all angles — the responsibilities involved in owning it, how it appears to others, how it works, its action, lethality, beauty, and so forth. Ask yourself: “Is this a true friend with which I am prepared to become one?”
*I chose to meditate on my everyday carry knife (shown above). Before I sat down I completed the LBRP to clear my head and set the stage for effective meditation.