Re: Article: Lack of Spirituality by George S. Ledyard
That is a thought-provoking article. It's funny you mentioned O'Sensei was a farmer. I never knew that. I'm going to try my hand at gardening at the tropical gardens in town. Do you think gardening can have psychic rewards similar to farming? I think it probably would, though maybe not so much.
To me, spiritual growth is the essence of Aikido. The self-defense aspects complement this growth by infusing us with confidence. As you implied in your article, Aikido has the power to foster inner peace.