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But what do I DO?

Coming back for a moment from our spaceship ride into the metaphysical, here are some very elementary guidelines for your aikido practice. The info in italics pertains to my dojo specifically. 530 more words

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What power is and isn't

I’ve had the great fortune of lucking into practices that don’t have much to do with the mind and everything to do with the body. I say “fortune,” I say “lucking into” because it’s not like I chose them after much deliberation and weighing of options. 1,008 more words

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Can you feel it?

There’s a current of goodwill, of rightness, clarity, peace and beauty running through and around us all the time. Extending one to the other, connecting us with all other beings, with all there is. 1,001 more words

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None of our business

However life chooses us to be of service in it has absolutely nothing to do with us.

Calling is not a choice. It’s not what we think we like or prefer or have aptitude for. 899 more words

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Beginner me

So far in these posts I’ve addressed beginners as though I’m not one myself. This is the where I bust out the broom and dustpan and sweep that misnomer right on up. 829 more words

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Disorientation

I was demonstrating a forward roll in class the other day and for a split second realized I had no control over what was happening: I was completely upside down, couldn’t speak to the class, couldn’t even technically guarantee that I’d land and practice would carry on. 840 more words

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Always something

I’ll tell you right now, friends, it’s always going to be something. Something that scares you, confuses you, confounds you, discourages you. Rolls, tests, freestyles, ikyos, high falls. 644 more words

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