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Old 06-08-2007, 01:02 PM   #76
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Re: Is aikido a spiritual practice ?

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I'm also an atheist and feel the same way.
Why, then, I wonder, did you use His Name?

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Old 06-08-2007, 01:09 PM   #77
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Old 06-19-2007, 04:40 AM   #78
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Re: Is aikido a spiritual practice ?

Its what you make it.
For me (again Im new, but still) it is a spiritual practice - as its my focus, and Im approaching everything about the art from that aspect.

So, for me I am able to work on relaxing and patience and being present in the moment and taking the 'good' from it I can.
(Instead of limiting myself by the 'cant-do's' that would be so easy to do.)

So for me it is 'spiritual'.

Kind of like the question in the other thread of 'whose the master in aikido' - you are. Its your take on the art and how you adapt it to yourself. Otherwise your the follower (if your not the master)

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Old 06-20-2007, 08:20 AM   #79
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Its what you make it.
For me (again Im new, but still) it is a spiritual practice - as its my focus, and Im approaching everything about the art from that aspect.

So, for me I am able to work on relaxing and patience and being present in the moment and taking the 'good' from it I can.
(Instead of limiting myself by the 'cant-do's' that would be so easy to do.)

So for me it is 'spiritual'.

Kind of like the question in the other thread of 'whose the master in aikido' - you are. Its your take on the art and how you adapt it to yourself. Otherwise your the follower (if your not the master)

Peace

Dalen
I recognize the rhetorical nature of my upcoming post. It is meant as a device to express my experience as Uke to the art of Aikido.

What if 'myself' is changd by the art? What if I come 'empty'to practice and adapt my life to a new model as a result of exposure to whole concepts? What if Aikido is and was a better way to live positively and reframe my life view? What if, by letting go of my previous concepts, I could become more of myself and increase my capacities?
This is what Aikido has delivered to me.

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Old 06-20-2007, 08:23 AM   #80
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Its what you make it.
For me (again Im new, but still) it is a spiritual practice - as its my focus, and Im approaching everything about the art from that aspect.

So, for me I am able to work on relaxing and patience and being present in the moment and taking the 'good' from it I can.
(Instead of limiting myself by the 'cant-do's' that would be so easy to do.)

So for me it is 'spiritual'.

Kind of like the question in the other thread of 'whose the master in aikido' - you are. Its your take on the art and how you adapt it to yourself. Otherwise your the follower (if your not the master)

Peace

Dalen
I recognize the rhetorical nature of my upcoming post. It is meant as a device to express my experience as Uke to the art of Aikido.

What if 'myself' is changd by the art? What if I come 'empty' to practice and adapt my life to a new model as a result of exposure to whole concepts? What if Aikido is and was a better way to live positively and reframe my life view? What if, by letting go of my previous concepts, I could become more of myself? Then I am both the master and the follower, yet neither because I am simply being Jen.

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Old 07-09-2007, 09:41 AM   #81
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Re: Is aikido a spiritual practice ?

The same applies for me in many activities: running, swimming, skiing, hiking, cooking, taking walks through the city, listening to music...
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:58 AM   #82
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The same applies for me in many activities: running, swimming, skiing, hiking, cooking, taking walks through the city, listening to music...
Exactly. Threads of universal fabric can weave themselves into our lives in many ways. Awareness of their presence brings us peace and education into their function brings us courage.

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Old 07-12-2007, 08:32 AM   #83
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aikido gives a spiritual way of life to those who are looking for something like that i've met many aikidokas who are not at all "spiritual" & though are very good in completing the techniques you cant feel the exchange of ki
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:07 AM   #84
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aikido gives a spiritual way of life to those who are looking for something like that i've met many aikidokas who are not at all "spiritual" & though are very good in completing the techniques you cant feel the exchange of ki
I've met many spiritual people who would never call themselves that. They simply are themselves, deeply.

I think of 'spirituality' as a simple ladder. You don't yell out "Hey, I'm a 'ladder-stander'." the whole time you're up there. And you generelly don't announce or even notice that it is cool that you are climbing up. You just have a different place to operate from and it is fairly mundane. When you're done for the day you put your feet on the ground where you first started and prepare for your next project. You just get a little more adept at the transition with practice. No bells and whistles....just a little more proficient than when you started.

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Old 07-26-2007, 09:11 PM   #85
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I've met many spiritual people who would never call themselves that. They simply are themselves, deeply.

I think of 'spirituality' as a simple ladder. You don't yell out "Hey, I'm a 'ladder-stander'." the whole time you're up there. And you generelly don't announce or even notice that it is cool that you are climbing up. You just have a different place to operate from and it is fairly mundane. When you're done for the day you put your feet on the ground where you first started and prepare for your next project. You just get a little more adept at the transition with practice. No bells and whistles....just a little more proficient than when you started.
So true......Those that are, the ones that don't call themselves, are a wonderful pleasure to be around.

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