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Say Nothing

Aikido Blogs - Sun, 09/03/2017 - 05:27
Say Nothing

Confound the silence
And say nothing

The explosion, when it comes
Will also be silent

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Center

Aikido Blogs - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:36
I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi.

I walk around, but is it around the center?

I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi.

Where is the center?

I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi. My technique is Hiruko and Aha.

What is the center? Is it the heavenly pillar?

I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi.
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AikiWeb Columns: 20th Anniversary Edition

Aikido News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:53
AikiWeb Columns: 20th Anniversary Edition
From: Jun Akiyama posted on 29. Aug 2017, 09:53am
URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

To celebrate AikiWeb's 20th anniversary this month (August, 2017), we have eight columns on the topic of "Twenty Years" from authors including Peter Godsbury, Janet Rosen, Linda Eskin, Lynn Seiser, Stefan Stenudd, Paul Schweer, and Ross Robertson. Click here to read the columns. Thank you, all, for 20 years of support for AikiWeb!

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    Think Only of Success

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 01:40
    Think Only of Success

    Think only of success
    Failure will take care of itself
    After all, it has its own support:
    Murphy, coincidence, chance, fate,
    Karma, shitty old bad luck -
    All its friends
    So, think only of success
    And enter into the attack



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    Iron Sharpens Iron

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 03:55
    As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

    This particular passage of the bible has always resonated with me, especially in my training of Aikido; and this is what makes Aikido so special.

    When we attack each other, we attack so that our partner can become better. It's a selfless thing to do.

    I'm not attacking you to prove I'm better. I'm not attacking you to "win" the fight. I'm not attacking you to show off.

    And please make a special note to this one:

    I'm not attacking you to make you look good, either.

    I'm giving you a sincere attack, and really trying to hit you, so that you can learn and become better. If I've hit you, you've failed, and guess what, you get to try again. I'll do the exact same attack and give you another chance to learn the technique. If you don't get it after four tries, then it's my turn. And I really what to improve. I want my Aikido to really work, so please attack me, don't be afraid, I won't hurt you, I want to learn how to use your energy to defend myself and at the same time protect you from injury.

    I remember once, an Aikido instructor, instructed me to "Take Ukemi" or I would get hurt. After 20 years of Aikido, I've realized, that although he said he was teaching Aikido, it was really a form of Jujutsu, where if you don't submit, you will get injured.

    Did you know that O'Sensei said somewhere along the lines that you need to treat your attacker like a baby, and not hurt him....

    Aikido will never cease to amaze me, it is a beautiful, wonderful art, that only gets deeper and deeper as I learn.
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    Union

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 01:26
    Union

    Some people mistake
    Enlightenment, satori, unification
    As union with God

    Not so
    The union, when it happens
    Is with yourself




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    Silent Pathways

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 00:36
    Silent Pathways

    I walk dark lonely roads
    But, I am not lonely
    There is a bright full moon
    Casting myriad moon shadows
    Following me as I wander
    Down mysterious, silent pathways



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    I asked him to take it back but he didn't.

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:07
    Ki in daily life is the writing prompt Ron gave me a few days ago. I asked him to take it back but he didn't.

    I am feeling blah around it but I am practicing new behaviors so here we go.

    I have noticed lately that I am feeling low. I am not excited to get out of bed. I am having a lot of negative thoughts like:
    "I have worked my whole life and this is where I have ended up." I need to make more money or have more recognition." Now the more money would be nice but I don't need someone telling every second that I am doing a good job.

    As I have said before I am turning sixty in a few days. I think the pall that I feel is because something in the back of my mind says 60 is the big one: the one where we really are all done. No more fun…just grown up hard stuff.

    That being said…and I am going to keep telling about it until it passes because I know that it is a lie and if I keep telling it will diminish like all untruths. Only the truth lasts and I want to live in the truth.

    That being said…I feel great. Last night Ron and I went for a bike ride after work. We had a nice healthy dinner and then cleaned up the kitchen.

    We played mitts and sticks and then an exciting game of "Ticket to Ride" where we had some healthy fun feuding. He gets to wear the imaginary engineer hat and scarf because he won yet again.

    Work felt long yesterday and I felt lonely for a bit and sad because I think I don't get to see my family enough.

    I noticed all this because I pay attention to my feelings and notice when they arise and how long they last and if they are true or a deliberate manufacturing of self-pity.

    Ron and I have a lovely life together. Yet I can wander away from it to torture myself with "what ifs"…"what if we lose the house?, what if I die first?…what if I die last? What if I get dementia? What if I am a street lady?"

    I can let myself get filled with self-centered fear like a helium balloon that breaks the string and flies off to balloon heaven (or hell).

    I practice ki in daily life by coming back to what is real. And what is real in each moment is that I am ok. I am so ok.
    Then I can see if I am ok in this moment maybe I will be ok in all the moments. One moment at a time.

    I come back to now by doing something physical…it may be going for a walk, hopping on my bike for a spin, doing some ki exercises, juggling for a few moments, vacuuming the floor, sweeping the cobwebs off the lights and my mind. Sometimes I go out to the dojo and do rolls just to remind myself that I can.

    I might write down what is bothering me, or I might write a gratitude list and share it with my gratitude group. I might write an email to my sponsor or tell Ron what is going on. I might write my blog. Sometimes I just get on my knees and pray for help. I have many tools to bring me back to the moment where all is well.

    I think the challenge of getting older is to stay in the now as much as possible and to appreciate all the gifts that abound around me.

    I do not have to give up and sit in my chair like my mother did. I want to grab the rest of this life and live it. I love to be alive and I am happy for the chance to see what my sixties look like on me.
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    I asked him to take it back but he didn’t.

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:07
    Ki in daily life is the writing prompt Ron gave me a few days ago. I asked him to take it back but he didn’t.

    I am feeling blah around it but I am practicing new behaviors so here we go.

    I have noticed lately that I am feeling low. I am not excited to get out of bed. I am having a lot of negative thoughts like:
    “I have worked my whole life and this is where I have ended up.” I need to make more money or have more recognition.” Now the more money would be nice but I don’t need someone telling every second that I am doing a good job.

    As I have said before I am turning sixty in a few days. I think the pall that I feel is because something in the back of my mind says 60 is the big one: the one where we really are all done. No more fun…just grown up hard stuff.

    That being said…and I am going to keep telling about it until it passes because I know that it is a lie and if I keep telling it will diminish like all untruths. Only the truth lasts and I want to live in the truth.

    That being said…I feel great. Last night Ron and I went for a bike ride after work. We had a nice healthy dinner and then cleaned up the kitchen.

    We played mitts and sticks and then an exciting game of “Ticket to Ride” where we had some healthy fun feuding. He gets to wear the imaginary engineer hat and scarf because he won yet again.

    Work felt long yesterday and I felt lonely for a bit and sad because I think I don’t get to see my family enough.

    I noticed all this because I pay attention to my feelings and notice when they arise and how long they last and if they are true or a deliberate manufacturing of self-pity.

    Ron and I have a lovely life together. Yet I can wander away from it to torture myself with “what ifs”…”what if we lose the house?, what if I die first?…what if I die last? What if I get dementia? What if I am a street lady?”

    I can let myself get filled with self-centered fear like a helium balloon that breaks the string and flies off to balloon heaven (or hell).

    I practice ki in daily life by coming back to what is real. And what is real in each moment is that I am ok. I am so ok.
    Then I can see if I am ok in this moment maybe I will be ok in all the moments. One moment at a time.

    I come back to now buy doing something physical…it may be going for a walk, hopping on my bike for a spin, doing some ki exercises, juggling for a few moments, vacuuming the floor, sweeping the cobwebs off the lights and my mind. Sometimes I go out to the dojo and do rolls just to remind myself that I can.

    I might write down what is bothering me, or I might write a gratitude list and share it with my gratitude group. I might write an email to my sponsor or tell Ron what is going on. I might write my blog. Sometimes I just get on my knees and pray for help. I have many tools to bring me back to the moment where all is well.

    I think the challenge of getting older is to stay in the now as much as possible and to appreciate all the gifts that abound around me.

    I do not have to give up and sit in my chair like my mother did. I want to grab the rest of this life and live it. I love to be alive and I am happy for the chance to see what my sixties look like on me.
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    Sustainable Practice

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 03:17
    Your aikido will only improve when your concept of aikido improves.
    ~ Kenjiro Yoshigasaki


    Sustainable Practice

    As I get older
    And my Aikido practice ages
    (Matures?)
    Along with me
    I am reminded of the quote above
    And how difficult it is
    To improve or even sustain
    My Aikido practice unless
    My concept of Aikido changes
    As I do physically
    The need to adapt, change, grow
    To transform self and art
    Is a constant need and struggle
    But can only happen
    If and when your concepts change
    And you are open to this very possibility
    This, I constantly remind myself
    As I step on the mat
    Breathing, moving, breathing, moving
    Doing my best to sustain an art
    That has also sustained me
    For long, hard, joyous decades
    I find my mind, my mind finds me
    As I move to where my ego smugly sits
    And destroy it!



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