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03-04-2007, 02:09 AM
AikiWeb Poll for the week of March 4, 2007:

How "peaceful" do your dojomates feel during your regular aikido training?

I don't do aikido
Entirely peaceful
Very peaceful
Somewhat peaceful
Not very peaceful
Not at all peaceful

Here are the current results (http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=366).

M. A. Parks
03-04-2007, 04:37 PM
Wow, what an excellent subject. My teacher, Okimura Shihan is always emphasizing the importance of peaceful practice. We are told to treat our dojo and practice time as a sanctuary. We are told that we should leave the frenzy of the day off the mat and reconnect with our spiritual center. The techniques we practice reenforce this. The methodology of practice times reenforce this. The opening and closing exercises reenforce this. The level of discipline and etiquette expected at the dojo, and the dojo itself all lead to the same conclusion. That peaceful practice is the best human endeavour.

O'Sensei once said that Aikido is the Way of Reconciling the World. Harmony, Inclusion, Respect and Peace are some of what I believe that statement means. Aiki is literally the way of harmonizing energy or loving energy. How can we love (keiko) when we are not at Peace? How can we commune (offer) to the Almighty Creator when we are not at Peace? How can we receive (ukemi) the Vision of Eternity when we are not at Peace?

03-05-2007, 12:16 AM
I think we are perhaps from the opposite extreme. We are not very at peace at practice. Folks are encouraged to bring their "baggage" with them, so they can work on it at the dojo - not to leave it at the door, etc. Actually, they are encourage to notice that they cannot NOT bring their baggage with them. Reconciliation, for me, means that there is something to reconcile. If what needs to be reconciled is left outside, off of the mat, like our shoes, if that were actually possible, one can tend to think that his feet don't stink - just his shoes. Taking off our shoes, thinking only they stink, not our feet, we hardly feel the need to purify (wash) ourselves - feeling we did it all at the door when we took our shoes off.