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Old 06-08-2008, 06:51 PM   #36
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Re: The poll on aikido spirituality

Jonathan Hay wrote: View Post
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. I appreciate it.
My pleasure :-)

"One's sense of spirituality"? Do you believe that the term "spirituality" is defined by the individual? Is that how it is for you? Do you say to yourself, "I think this is spiritual" and so it is?
More like, "I think this is spiritual," because it seems as such.
Did you feel an inner expansiveness and good will toward others and yourself? Or maybe you felt more at peace about life?
That sounds about right.
Hmmm...Okay. Have you had spiritual experiences that left you feeling bad?
Not overall. I've had humbling moments which were unpleasant to go through, but which left me feeling better than before.

What was this "heightened spiritual sense" like exactly?
A peaceful sense of interconnectedness.

I've had moments in training where I felt like I was in "the zone."
I would say that "in the zone" feeling lends itself to spiritual experiences, but it isn't necessarily a spiritual experience.

Its strange to me how little average Aikidoka actually talk about this stuff. Again, I appreciate your willingness to share your experiences with me.
Well i think it's such a personal subject it's natural to shy away a bit.

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