i get to pay attention again. be in the moment again. that is the secret. again and again.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Changing in time and allowing your self to over come frustration on the mat with techniques that you have done in the past and now they are some what strange and foreign to you , It is all in part of ones self development or refinement . It is like polishing a piece of metal it will eventually yield a very bright and shine product.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Enter and turn is all that is required
Even if I don't know what comes next.
The result will be whatever it is
It is that moment of blending
The fit of uke and nage that matters
Sometimes in aikido (and in life) I think I have to know the outcome. I try to impose my will and make uke do what I think they are supposed to. When that has happened to me as uke it feels uncomfortable, forced. The moment of "aikido" is lost and it becomes more martial than art, even if it is both. When those moments arise I know I am being offered a gift. A chance to experience freedom from preconceived notions of endings. The end result of the throw or pin is just the last part of something greater and bigger than my or uke's actions. It is the fit, the coming together of our energies that matters . I only need to show up, to have and open mind, to let go of my agenda. Enter and turn. the end result will be aikido.