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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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  #138 New 08-20-2011 04:15 PM
"Breathe in, and enjoy breathing in."
"Breathe out, and enjoy breathing out."

Patrick Cassidy Sensei, from Aikido Montreux, was here teaching a seminar recently. While instructing us in an ukemi exercise he told us to do something (basically a way of rolling around smoothly on the mat), and then he added the instruction to "enjoy doing" what we were doing.


Until that moment I had seen enjoyment as a passive thing that might or might not happen, depending on the circumstances. But he presented enjoyment as a deliberate, volitional act. "Enjoy doing this."

It's something I've been exploring since: Enjoy driving to work. Enjoy washing your hair.

I was reminded of it this morning, when Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, was leading a meditation at the Plum Village Online Monastery, and gave the instruction above, about breathing.

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#2 08-23-2011 06:06 PM
Thank you. I enjoyed that very much.
#1 08-20-2011 06:52 PM
Interesting post. To me it's linked to be being mindful of what we do. When we're mindful we can choose to enjoy (or not I guess). I find myself being more mindful of what I do and where I am, though not always, it's a work in progress. When I feel myself getting annoyed for instance, it's usually when I am on automatic pilot, not mindful whatsoever. It makes me aware and realize what a waste of energy, then I can consciously choose to make the most of the situation and that is so much better.

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