Re: The Experience of Aikido
At the wedding of one of our senior students, another sempai saw me dancing the hustle. He noted how I was moving with the music, how my movements were graceful and effortless, and how I was able to compensate when other people stumbled so I wouldn't bump into them.
With the dancing, I'm doing fairly technical movements, and sure, I'm aware of doing them, but I'm not "thinking" about them. I'm more experiencing them as I'm moving around on the dance floor, listening to the music, observing other people. If I stumble, I correct myself and keep going. there's a fluidity, and a presentness in dancing (at least me dancing the hustle) that could be translated to aikido practice.
Rarely are my movements that fluid and co-ordinated on the mat, but it's something i try to keep in mind and strive for when i can.