Re: Poll: Should spirituality play a part in an aikido curriculum?
Certainly spirituality of Aikido is as varied as the individuals who participate and are students of this art. For myself, the spirituality implied by the very name Aikido is felt when training and especially when a technique is done correctly.
I can see the physical activity and timing could be learned without such a feeling but I, for one, feel that is goes beyond a learning process to a different level. I am at peace on the mat or when at home practicing more than just going thru the motions. If that was all it was to me I probably would not have much interest in it over time.
Secondly, it is my opinion that the spirituality of Aikido is the tie that binds the Aikidoka I have met and myself. That common ground that is more than just having done the same activity. We are a different breed for the most part.
This is my humble ranting and I thank you for your time.