Originally posted by taro
...As for relaxation, I've begun meditation practice as well as abdominal breathing(throughout the day), but I still wonder if I'll remain relaxed in a stressful situation. Not just a martial situation, but ANY kind of sudden stress. I guess the only way to test it is to subject myself to stressful situations...unless you have a better suggestion.
...Just out of curiosity(and please don't feel you need to answer this question), how long have you been practicing aikido?
Imagine the worst things happening to you. If you stand on a curb, imagine a car hitting you. If you standing in a garden, imagine a tree falling on you. Pretty soon, you'll be so jaded that if something actually happened, you'll be ready for it, since you've already imagined yourself dead or dying a thousand times. Read this from an essay by a samurai. Seems to work, or at least keeps you occupied and not bored with your life.
This year I'm have almost a dozen years experience. Too short a time!