When you bow at the close of an aikido lesson do you worship or just show honour to a person or philosophy which improves self esteem?
I feel it meant to much when I bowed and had to pray later because of it concerning it.
There are Biblical examples of this such as when Namaan the Syrian who asked a prophet for permission to bow with the others to a false God. And there were many examples with Jesus. Early christians chose death instead of calling the Emperor lord...
What's it to you fellows? How do you deal with it according to your conscience and faith?
When I bow, I bow. I focus on my breathing, and exhale has I bend down. I try to focus all my breath out before I come back up. Then naturally as I come up I fill my lungs with air.