It's good to hear things are going well for you. As you know, I'm a bit jealous...I often long to wake up to the calls of the kakko (cuckoo) in the bamboo forests.
I also felt like I instantly understood and recognized the "feel" of Kondo's definition of aiki. It works for me, but then so does mine and yours and some other folks' too.
"A rose by any other name..."