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Old 03-18-2010, 01:08 PM   #6
Anita Dacanay
Dojo: Cleveland Aikikai, Cleveland, Ohio
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Re: Mindful Practice

This reminds me of the feeling I had in my first seminar class with Kayla Feder Sensei a little over a month ago. I was anxious about taking the class; I didn't know where I was going exactly, didn't know if the class would be too advanced and leave me feeling lost, etc.

Sensei took a long time getting us warmed up; and there was a moment when we were breathing and stretching and I felt my revved-up mind let go and connect with my body. I remember feeling this sense of gratitude towards Sensei for helping me get grounded! That sense of practicing slowly and mindfully did carry through the entire class and heightened the experience for me.

Yes, Rayleen, it is the ideal toward which we strive - not many of us find ourselves in that state without conscious effort applied!
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