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02-22-2004, 01:01 AM
AikiWeb Poll for the week of February 22, 2004:

How important is meditation in your aikido training?

I don't do aikido
Critically important
Very important
Somewhat important
Not very important
Not at all important


Here are the current results (http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=208).

SeiserL
02-22-2004, 01:49 PM
While meditation is not a formal part of my Aikido training, I feel they compliment each other towards my overall growth.

MaryKaye
02-22-2004, 04:48 PM
Senior people of my school, and especially the school on Maui, do a lot of meditation, both in the dojo and privately. They say, if you are serious about Shin Shin Toitsu you will probably end up doing this too.

At the moment I have to take this on faith. I can see arguments why there might be a connection, but I can't actually perceive any in my own practice.

If nothing else, ki breathing has inarguably been good for my lung capacity and ability to sit seiza.

My dojo does ki breathing, or occasionally the expansion/contraction meditation, at the end of every second or third class. I don't think we do it long enough to accomplish much other than teaching the technique, though. It's up to the students to take it further if they want.

If I lived on Maui I would do the meditation sessions at the dojo there. I don't know what it accomplishes yet (intellectual answers but nothing from my own experience) but I feel like it has something to offer.

Mary Kaye

rcoit
02-23-2004, 07:54 AM
Although meditation is momentary before each practice session, the strength of the art is in a well-founded, composed mind. This is developed by deliberation and meditation.

Doka
02-23-2004, 01:43 PM
How important is meditation in your aikido training?

As important as it is in Rugby, Tennis, taking a shower, painting the house, using the loo, watching TV, eatting dinner...etc.

It isn't! If you meditate, then you are meditating, not doing Aikido. That's something else!

Peace!

PeterR
02-23-2004, 06:54 PM
What you are talking about is not meditation in the fuller sense but a clearing of mind. Mokuso (and yes it does mean meditation) is supposed to be really a matter of a few seconds.
Although meditation is momentary before each practice session, the strength of the art is in a well-founded, composed mind. This is developed by deliberation and meditation.
I agree with Mark. The longer, sitting in sieza type, meditation is a separate activity. It may personally help your Aikido just like any cross-training but is not necessary.