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Creation Date: 06-08-2009 01:55 PM
Linda Eskin
My path to and through Aikido. Observations on Aikido, fitness, happiness, horses, & life, by a 53 y/o sho-dan.

This same blog (with photos and a few additional trivial posts, but without comments) can be found at www.grabmywrist.com.

I train with Dave Goldberg Sensei, at Aikido of San Diego.
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Entries: 242
Comments: 367
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In Spiritual Before & After Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #115 New 02-05-2011 04:59 PM
We did a simple little cleaning project today at the dojo. The bamboo around the garden had gotten mildewy with the recent rains. It had become worn and mottled, attacked by the elements. It took only a little time and elbow grease to reveal the warm natural color and solid structure that was still there under the grime. It's beautiful again.

I took before and after photos with my iPhone. Afterward a few of us went out for lunch. We were talking about how we got started in Aikido, and how we'd changed because of it. Our Befores and Afters.

It wasn't until I thought about the photos I'd taken that the parallels came to mind. The bamboo started out shiny and fresh, as we all do. The seasons took their toll. Ugliness and disease were winning out. It had started to look like maybe we should give up, and pitch it in the dumpster. But Sensei knew what was underneath all the crud. So we worked together, put in a little effort, and brought it back.

That knowing what's under the crud that's built up, that working together, that little effort and elbow grease... That's what we do, with Sensei's guidance, in Aikido. We bring each other back.

(You can see the before and after photos here: http://www.grabmywrist.com/post/3132247978/bamboo)
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#4 02-11-2011 12:09 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Thank you for all the kind comments. :-) It's interesting to me how many of the insights I gain around Aikido come from activities that aren't exactly training. It's like the training opens the cracks for these rays of light to come through.
#3 02-09-2011 10:21 AM
Diana Frese Says:
The same as what Mary and Carina said! I came back to click on the link for the pix, glad I did. Beautiful illustration of the concept and the actuality.
#2 02-06-2011 02:27 PM
guest1234567 Says:
A very thoughtful comparison Linda now you will all together shine like the bamboo after the cleaning.
#1 02-06-2011 06:40 AM
Looks great and I love the metaphor.

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