i've gotten very interested in sufism the last few years. to the point now that i'm seriously seeking entrance into a sufi order. naturally, i'm also very interested in the spiritual side of aikido (as was as the practical, martial side... i don't think they can really be separated -- call it omote and ura
). sooooo... i'm curious if there is anyone else out there who's practices both, has practiced both, is intersted in practicing both, etc.
interested in hearing opinions, experiences, ideas, etc. even (or perhaps esp) in regards to comparing and contrasting practices, concepts, etc. (such as ruh / nafs in sufism and kon / haku in osensei's thought; or hu in sufism and su in osensei's thought). i'm a giant nerd.
and heck, while we're at it: i'd be interested in hearing about the thoughts and experiences of anyone out there who practices mysticism from any faith and how it mixes with and/or effects their aikido practice (again, with fun references to similar concepts, etc.)
yours in comparative philosophies / religions / mysticism / mythology nerdiness,