Re: Bowing in aikido
A question and a comment.
One, can you explain what you mean when you say that you think bowing gives ego? I don't want to make an assumption on what you mean by that statement.
Two, I recently asked my Sensei a bowing question, and in the process of answering, he also talked about bowing being an active process of the training--not just for historical purposes, but for developing a sense of the center/hara. Which is something I'd not thought about before, but it made a lot of sense, and has gotten me to really try to work on my bowing, to make it more deliberate rather than a quick shrug of the shoulders.