Tuesday, August 24, 2010

bite, bark, bark, bite?

My mother used to say “his bark is worse than his bite” I never got that. So was he not responsible for his bark? Anger dealt at others can be hurtful. I am responsible for the energy I put out into the world. My bark, as well as my bite.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It is summer still.

Classes, hot and sweaty,

Gis stick,

Hakamas clench at ankles,

Ukemi feels relaxed,

Joints are lubricated,

After 22 years at 52… it’s summer still.

Aikido takes life and makes it livable.

It’s summer still.

Monday, August 16, 2010

to be a beginner every day

is my goal. My mind, when fresh and open, learns. Kai learning how to do back falls yesterday was a wonderful example of taking encouragement and practicing a skill again and again.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

connection past my ego

Me: How can I make my experience with nage different?

Ron Sensei: Connect more, follow more.

Me: But, but, but…aren’t I responsible only for myself? For following where nage leads?

Ron Sensei: Yes.

Me: Then how come I have to do more?

Ron Sensei: Do you want to connect more or be right?

Me: Both, to be truthful…and by taking your suggestion have changed the experience. Thank you.