Re: Poll: In generel, where does your inspiration from aikido come from?
I suppose one would think the inspiration should come from within, but I chose "from others" because I think that for beginners like me, a lot of it is external. When I go to practice, the inspiration starts the moment I step through the doors. I feel the acceptance from my "Aikido family" and feel safe. I experience the encouragement of the senior students and feel motivated to try new things. I see the incredible grace with which the Shihan move, and feel inspired to make this a lifelong journey.
So...... for me, I think that it starts with the external, and then becomes more internal as it becomes part of who I am.