Re: Aikido minus mysticism: a step forward
I enjoy some of the aesthetic parts of Japanese cultue, I have a tendency to bring alot of Japanese elements into my home and garden decor. It is the simplicity of it that is appealing to me. A lack of clutter, simple aesthetic natural design, etc.
This translates over to why I like Judo, there is no spirituality preached or discussed in most Judo clubs but I find the whole experience spiritual. It is the quiet simplicity of it all. If someone would begin to discuss Ki or any other mystical elements I would immediatley loose those tranquil feelings.
That is where I am coming from I guess, it is the lack of discussion of spirituality and mysticism that makes it more spiritual to me. If you watch the Judo video I posted in the "Judo from another angle" thread, you can see what I am talking about. If all of the sudden the words 'Aikido is Love" was flashed on the screen the whole experience would be ruined for me.