Mary Malmros said : Well...this is where y'all bring out the boffer bats (or the bokken) and start whaling on me and yellling, "Mary, shut UP!" But does "spirit" have anything to do with "spirituality"? I think of "spirituality" as a connection with the divine, whether that be Allah or the kami or Jesus or the god in you. The usage of "spirit" in the martial arts, OTOH, has always given me the sense that it was a translation of a word that referred to a particular attitude and that the original had no connotations of the sacred. So, am I wrong about that?
This thought made me think.
The words god and ki cause a lot of response...people get emotional and defensive when the words god and ki are used.
If we could set that defensiveness aside and continue to communicate our thoughts while listening to others the real issues might be heard.
Being in the moment and accepting what every uke offers is sacred. This experience helps me connect to others in the outside world. Both god and ki are in the now.
Aikido training deepens this experience for me making my life a sacred mysterious practice.
Not to bust your bubble, and I appreciate where you are going on this, but these type of discussions usually don't get past the arguments of proving or defining the existence of both god and ki.
Ki and god are such abstract ideas that are suspectable to such a vast range of interpretation of tangible existance and definations and stuff.
The you have the emotional ties to the words, and people defend their views of both ki and god (mostly god) to the extreme of life and limb.
I would love to read a discussion on ki and god that goes past all that. But, it is so difficult to get past that stuff in a discussion. And I am guilty of that.