Re: The Beginner's Mind
As I travel and train around the North America, and elsewhere, I am constantly surprised at how closed off people can be to other's approach to aikido. I certainly am at a point in my training where I feel strongly about certain concepts, but always manage to pull two or three ideas - if not whole techniques - from most places I visit. Following a cohesive system is paramount to developing fundamentals, but when I encounter those who have absolutely zero interest in experiencing aikido outside their box I have an issue in understanding where that hesitancy comes from. That being said, I occasionally catch myself being too rigid in thinking, but usually catch it in time to correct and reprimand myself. Even with an open mind it can be difficult to accept something totally different from what you are used to. Its just the lack of effort to even try that blows my mind.