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I missed a whole week on the mat due to a business obligation. This was a bit stressful as I am trying to get ready for my 5th Kyu test on the 25th. I noticed that while I was away, that I think that the 4 months that I have been doing Aikido have changed me significantly. Sales has not traditionally been my strongest skill set. However this business show was amazing. I was able to outsell everyone else there. The reason was pretty obvious to me. I was blending with the energy of the people that came into the booth. It was amazing. Several of the members of my team remarked that they had never seen me be able to communicate with the potential customers like I was doing at this show. I immediately recognized it as Mental Aikido, and had fun playing with it. There was one lady that I did mentally Tenshi Nage? But other than that one response to a vigorous mental attack I was calm and a lot more centered than I have ever been on the road before.
The end of the week was rough though, and I knew that I was missing my mat time. It was so good to be back. I was worried about what I would have had slip I the time that I was gone, but when I started working with Rick it was all there still, and I felt so so so much better at the end of the time on the mat. It was like loosing tension in all of my body.
Evening class I worked on test materials also. I felt a little stressed about the test, because things seem to keep breaking or getting new parts added to them. But everyone keeps assuring me that all is well, and that I am going to do just fine.
As part of the evening training I ended up working with Don when he wanted to work with someone that was going to be his Uke for the test, he was a bit disappointed in how it all sorted out, but was still wonderful to train with. Sensei came by and told me that I was going to be Ukeing for things that I had not done or seen before and just to stay centered, and flow with it. I did, it was a lot of fun, not sure how much I helped Don, but it was not for lack of wanting to or trying.