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The shortest answer is doing the thing.
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.
There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are simple things, and because it takes a man's life to know them, the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.
There is no friend as loyal as a book.
There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
There's no one thing that is true. They're all true.
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.
"Many adherents of belief systems characterised as New Age rely heavily on the use of metaphors to describe experiences deemed to be beyond the empirical. Consciously or unconsciously, New Agers tend to redefine vocabulary borrowed from various belief systems, which can cause some confusion as well as increase opposition from skeptics and the traditional religions. In particular, the adoption of terms from the language of science such as "energy", "energy fields", and various terms borrowed from quantum physics and psychology but not then applied to any of their subject matter, have served to confuse the dialog between science and spirituality, leading to derisive labels such as pseudoscience and psychobabble.
This phenomenon is additionally compounded by the propensity of some New Agers to pretend to esoteric meanings for familiar terms; the New Age meaning of the esoteric term is typically quite different from the common use, and is often described as intentionally inaccessible to those not sufficiently trained in the area of their use. See the following list:-
* Forces. It is commonly held that there exist certain forces, independent of spiritual beings or agencies, and also distinct from forces as defined by science (e.g., gravitation, electro-magnetism, etc.). These forces are elemental in nature; and are held to operate in an automatic fashion as part of the natural order (for example, the force which causes seeds to sprout, grow, and bloom).
I had just given up playing soccer due to logistics, knee injuries, and of the general lack of growth path for a non-school player in college. Tennis was inconvenient due to the court and partner issue, and going to the gym was alright, but kind of boring. I was looking for something new to do, so I went to my school's activity fair.
I was really intrigued by (western) fencing and the martial arts clubs in general, since I'd always like war-oriented games, considered joining the military, etc. The individual nature of the practice could also fix many of the logistical issues. In addition, most of the "club sports" such as crew demanded a commitment that I couldn't make due to my academic commitments, were team-based (and hence had logistical issues), and/or were seasonal.
Fencing club met only on 1-2 days per week at fixed (inconvenient and/or inaccessible) times, demanded lots of equipment, and seemed to suffer from the growth path issue again. I looked into the judo club, but this was (I think) once a week. Likewise with Tang soo do, and some other martial arts, some of which were actual university classes.
The Aikido club met 4 times per week, for a total of 8 hours of classes, on a wide variety of days, and was a club, not a class. I wouldn't be causing problems if I couldn't make it on a given night. The fees were reasonable, as well, with the "train as often as you want" statement.
In addition, the Aikido people brought mats and were demonstrating
This was posted on Aikiweb, and then removed (not sure why).
It must be a long time since I've seen an O'Sensei video. I noticed many things that I found to be particularly remarkable.
--- The speed and fluidity of the weapons work was phenomenal. I think I need to spend much much more time on weapons in solo training - perhaps jodo? I'm not sure that given the kata, and given my ukes, I'll ever get there with what I have in class.
--- The quality of the uke's was quite impressive.. but then again, not once did I see them attempt a second attack, and many of their first attacks were the all-or-nothing attacks that Aikidoka are criticized for making. I'd have a hard time imagining certain seniors taking ukemi like that. I need to look more closely at the ukemi they are taking.
--- The upward lead on kokyunage at 7:23 in the video is fascinating. I've been doing something like that for a while, but I often get criticized for not taking my uke only down. Its nice to know that my "lead them off the ground idea" has some precedent. I remember being taught that in the past, but to see it at the source is nice.
--- O'Sensei loses his balance at 2:20. He adjusts very smoothly.
--- I'm not convinced that he doesn't lose his center at 8:58.
I need to watch more videos and study them more thoroughly.