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My Path Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
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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In Spiritual Flowing Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #62 New 12-16-2009 12:20 AM
In tonight's class we played with being relaxed, staying unified, and flowing. It was a wonderfully focused and pleasant class, actually very relaxed, unified, and flowing in its own right. What was particularly nice was the effect it had on my energy.

I've been in a sort of mysterious "energetic funk" for the past few days. Not tired, not sick, but feeling sort of physically and energetically closed and guarded about something, the way one's muscles can be tight to guard a painful joint. In class on Friday I was really stiff, nothing felt smooth, and simple movements eluded me. I felt ungrounded, off balance… I found myself holding my breath and scrunching my eyebrows. It was evident enough that I got feedback twice in class (as Uke) about relaxing into the technique instead of fighting it. Saturday was a little more fun, but still with something "stuck" that I could not identify. I sort of lived in the question over the weekend, of what "it" might be that was keeping my gut and my energy in knots, but I never happened upon an answer.

Whatever the cause, tonight's class was the cure. I found myself breathing freely, standing solidly, moving smoothly, and smiling easily again. What a relief! And when I find myself feeling off balance next time, now I have some things I can play with to try to get back in sync with myself.
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#4 12-16-2009 07:22 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Cherie - Yeah. Getting tossed about in the surf. :-) I'm a little bit interested in figuring out what all the tension was about. But more important, I'm interested having a collection of techniques or exercises I can do to bring me out of that, when I find myself in it. I'll be doing more playing with the relaxing, breathing, flowing stuff, to see what I can learn.
#3 12-16-2009 07:19 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Tara - That made perfect sense. I've been reading "The Intuitive Body" by Wendy Palmer Sensei, and it's all about being present to what our bodies are saying. It is interesting to notice sensations, and try to figure out what they are telling us. For me, meditation before class (or any time) helps me shut up enough to listen and feel. Well. sometimes, at least.
#2 12-16-2009 06:40 AM
Shadowfax Says:
Linday... I had almost the same experience. Last week was just awful. I was sore and tired and not really feeling it. Sunday and Last night though were wonderful. I think its just a part of riding the waves of learning.
#1 12-16-2009 12:57 AM
This may sound like an odd thought... but I say it anyway... I think this might be one of the resons that Akido gets its relijous acutions. Not that I think that is bad. The way I see it is that throw fiscal activey I think we are able to examine ourselves should we chose to take the oprtuny. , I think it opend you up to your body telling you what is going on internaly/mentaly. I hope that made sence as much as it did in my head.

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