Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Gift of Danger: Lessons from Aikido

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The Gift of Danger: Lessons from Aikido

To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.

- Morihei Ueshiba -

The Gift of Danger: Lessons from Aikido

"As I began to practice aikido, there were indeed moments when my own energies blended with those of another person and I had a taste of what I had hoped to find. But often I reacted unthinkingly when someone grabbed at my arm or struck toward my head. Id try to muscle through or, just as tensely, hold back from moving. As I witnessed these automatic outbreaks of fear and hostility, I began to recognize the truth of Morihei Ueshibas assertion that the mind of contention within myself was the real, or even the only, enemy." In her mid-fifties Mary Stein began practicing aikido. Now in her eighties she continues to be an inspiration to many. This excerpt from her book "The Gift of Danger" shares more about the profound principles behind aikido and their application to daily life. { read more }

Be The Change

Try and identify 'the mind of contention' within yourself as you go through the week. And the next time you're in a confrontational situation, try applying the aikido mindset to it and see what happens!

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