Good points Lynn. I know we are getting a little into the whole religion/philosophy side of things, but I think the belief that these things are separate (mutually exclusive), is what causes the conflict and suffering in us and the world.
Aikido, at least in principle, I believe is a good practice to help us reconcile this.
This is what the practice does for me, or has made me aware of. Now the challenge is to instill and ingrain the habits into my daily life so I stay focused on this.