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My Path Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 06-08-2009 02:55 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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In Spiritual Being seen, and seeing Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #101 New 10-20-2010 09:01 PM
There are many times when I am struck with gratitude for my teacher. Here is a man who has trained in Aikido for many years, who is a perceptual genius, and who has devoted himself to sharing the art with his students.

The physical experience of training with him is that of being enveloped - utterly controlled, and completely safe. The emotional sense is one of total freedom to try, fail, and learn, again completely safe, trusting.

That is not to say it's all sweetness and nice, painless, or comfortable. Sensei sees through pretense, to the heart of the matter, and is willing to be direct and honest. Sometimes a seemingly off-hand comment cuts deep. My initial reflexive reaction is to defensively discount it as a moment of temper or frustration perhaps, or simply something misperceived. "That's not so." "I am not like that." "He's wrong."

But it's probably true that more it stings, the more accurate it is, and the harder I've been trying to hide it.

I've learned to allow for the possibility, even in my initial denial (which I now recognize as automatic, and meaninless), that there may be some truth there. "What did I do, or how was I being, that created that perception?" Of course, there is no differentiation between how I am perceived and who I am really. There is no "real us" that the world never sees. There is only how we come across to others.

It's a privilege to work with someone who sees so clearly. No one has ever had such faith in me to be open to straight, direct coaching, has been so unphased by honest communication, or so committed to helping me find my own way, with no expectations or obligations imposed. He helps me to see who I am.
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RSS Feed 5 Responses to "Being seen, and seeing"
#5 10-23-2010 02:01 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Thanks Tara! (I listened to Randy Pausch's lecture on Time Management this afternoon while I was working, because you reminded me about him.) :-)
#4 10-22-2010 08:08 PM
Thanks for the info and no go use the words as long as yougive him credit
#3 10-22-2010 02:29 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
I love what you said about Randy Posh. Do you mind if I share that on my blog?
#2 10-22-2010 02:26 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
It depends... People who are blunt and wrong are just jerks. And people who do not have your permission to be so intrusive should probably keep their mouths shut - or at least be very tactful about approaching you. But when you accept a teacher into your life, and learn that they are usually accurate in their observations, then their words are priceless. I have two more posts to finish up, about being direct, and receiving direct communication.
#1 10-21-2010 05:54 PM
I never thought about someone being "blunt" basicaly as seeing clearly, but I gess so. you seem to relizeing the same thing Randy Posh did, but his was in football. He siad Anybody can get chewed out. It's the rare person who says, oh my god, you were right. When people give you feedback, cherish it and use it.

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