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Old 09-09-2004, 11:24 AM   #14
Dojo: northeast aikikai
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 34
Re: Article: Lack of Spirituality by George S. Ledyard

I still consider myself a beginner, but the metaphysical side of aikido & O Sensei's approach resonated with me & my deepest beliefs right from the start. While some may view it awkward initially, I heartily recommend practicing outside, without shoes, with or without partners. I believe it is a very easy & an available method for experiancing the "nature-experience" that O Sensei and early practitioners had. In such an open environment, one can not escape the experience of connection so integral to aikido. (nothing like practicing Jo or Ken techniques against a tree!)
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