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Old 08-21-2006, 03:24 AM   #4
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Feb 2004
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Re: Poll: Has aikido changed your spiritual life?

Growing up in the 60's and 70's was difficult for many because of VieNam and also the emerging Counter Culture. Aikido was also beginning to blossom on the East and West Coasts of America. Living in the Midwest, the heartland, I discovered Buddhism in books before anything else, which helped to temper my reaction to the world situation; but discovering Aikido in the 80's did so much more than temper my reaction: it gave me a response, a response that balanced violence and nonviolence.
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