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Creation Date: 06-08-2009 01:55 PM
Linda Eskin
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My path to and through Aikido. Observations on Aikido, horses, & life, by a 51 y/o 1st kyu.

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 General Meditation in the New Dojo Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #97 New 08-11-2010 09:13 AM
The same ocean breeze is here, warmed and softened as it made its way inland up nine miles of wide river valley, Still familiar, but stronger near these hills on the north side, it wanders in through the broad half-open door. The bright high note of two small bells invites us to settle deeply into sitting, breathing.

The river to our west flows in silence, but the distant freeway's roar could be a river's roar. Breathe. Spiraling fans above confuse and redirect the breeze. Inhale. The river-scented air expands our lungs and our awareness. We sit on what was fertile bottomland a hundred years ago. Exhale. Settle.

The breeze touches our necks and lightly strokes our hair, like a lonely ghost glad to find company. An empty tanker truck rumbles and bounces down the road. Inhale. Inspire. Inspiration. Breathing.

The soft mat and the hard floor and the fertile soil and the flowing river cradle us, sitting, eyes closed, in their open palms.

The mission's bell, still just a whisper here, sounds more urgent on this side of the valley. It calls the farmers in from their fields as it has for centuries, not knowing they are long gone, the farmers, and their fields too. Exhale, and let them go. We cultivate something else here now. Our work nourishes the spirit.

The two small bells guide us back as the mission's bell falls silent. The breeze remembers its direction and continues, through another door and up the valley.
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#3 08-11-2010 11:06 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Our previous location was in the same valley, about a mile south. Right on a tributary creek, full of reeds and birds and mosquitoes. Now we are a block from the river itself. Fewer birds and mosquitoes, more air. I love that even though we've moved, we're in the same place. The same air, the same mission bell ringing at 6:00, just as meditation ends. Constancy in change.
#2 08-11-2010 10:59 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Thanks. :-) It's been one of my favorite experiences when meditating, at either location.There's always a breeze. Life in the air. Like surf washing over us, always moving, always soft. It's wonderful to be able to take those few minutes of Just Sitting, and include the breeze.
#1 08-11-2010 10:29 AM
Daisy Luu Says:
I love the opening. I can smell that ocean breeze all the way from my cube.
 




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