Re: Poll: How "peaceful" do your dojomates feel during your regular aikido training?
I think we are perhaps from the opposite extreme. We are not very at peace at practice. Folks are encouraged to bring their "baggage" with them, so they can work on it at the dojo - not to leave it at the door, etc. Actually, they are encourage to notice that they cannot NOT bring their baggage with them. Reconciliation, for me, means that there is something to reconcile. If what needs to be reconciled is left outside, off of the mat, like our shoes, if that were actually possible, one can tend to think that his feet don't stink - just his shoes. Taking off our shoes, thinking only they stink, not our feet, we hardly feel the need to purify (wash) ourselves - feeling we did it all at the door when we took our shoes off.