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Old 10-16-2007, 11:13 PM   #1
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A Better Person

What does your Aikido practice teach you that your religious/spiritual/philosophical practice teaches you that makes you a better person?
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:05 AM   #2
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Re: A Better Person

That I am not alone.

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Old 10-17-2007, 07:02 AM   #3
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It teaches me to treat complete strangers who inflict pain on me as friends.

Strange but true...

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Old 10-17-2007, 09:49 AM   #4
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Re: A Better Person

To try to be aware of my filters and agenda and NOT be controlled by them, but rather to be in the moment and open to what IS. And to not impose myself on my partner.

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Old 10-17-2007, 11:26 AM   #5
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Re: A Better Person

Working with others with their limitations and abilities knowing that their limitations and abilities were/are/could be mine.

But there for the grace of God go I.

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Old 10-17-2007, 06:24 PM   #6
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Everybody is doing the best they can. Me too.

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Old 10-18-2007, 07:12 AM   #7
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What does your Aikido practice teach you that your religious/spiritual/philosophical practice teaches you that makes you a better person?
It might be just a fine-lining in choosing words, but while my aikido practice improves a lot of my personal properties and skills, I would not say it makes me a better person. This would imply I am as person / human being not good (enough).

Nevertheless it helps my health, my self confidence, etc. and it starts to make me view an aggression less as a personal attack but an invitation to share views, just badly communicated.
Probably there are more things to say, but these are the first ones coming to my mind.

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Old 10-18-2007, 10:53 AM   #8
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Compassion

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Old 10-18-2007, 11:26 AM   #9
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That hard work is its own reward.
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Old 10-18-2007, 04:53 PM   #10
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Humbling oneself can be very difficult but ultimately more rewarding
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:34 PM   #11
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To have a beginners mind, something I have always struggled with. To have silent competence. I don't have to tell someone how great I am, I just let them figure it out now. Okey so that sounded really bad. I think you get the idea though of what I'm saying. *blushes in embarassment*
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Old 10-20-2007, 05:35 AM   #12
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To connect with others on deeper and deeper levels.
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:13 AM   #13
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What does your Aikido practice teach you that your religious/spiritual/philosophical practice teaches you that makes you a better person?
to turn the other cheek. aka- kaiten. a good philosphical principle with a practical application i.e. no getting punched in nose and no taking things too personally. try tsuki kaiten with 'turn the other cheek' in mind and see how it goes. i teach this in the high school without the jesus stuff thrown on (no offense to jesus, he is my dude . it just isn't legal to mention it).

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Old 10-26-2007, 10:16 AM   #14
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Re: A Better Person

That there is no victory/defeat or win/lose. If anybody loses, we all lose. If anybody has been defeated, then no one is victorious.

Another thing I've been thinking about is: What does Aikido add to my daily spiritual practice. What spiritual lessons or growth do i receive from practicing Aikido, that I probably would NOT have gotten from my regular religious/spiritual/philosophical endeavours?

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration...

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Old 10-26-2007, 05:02 PM   #15
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What does your Aikido practice teach you that your religious/spiritual/philosophical practice teaches you that makes you a better person?
That I'm connected to other people by various ranges of proximity (but still connected) and that all the particulars of our combined situations demand a heightened awareness in general if we are to purposefully generate any kind of improvement overall; this means awareness/understanding of both self and other are of incalculable importance.

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Old 10-26-2007, 07:13 PM   #16
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Ego-destruction.
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Old 10-28-2007, 02:31 AM   #17
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Stepping aside while connecting, a leaf or blade of grass connecting with a drop of dew. Randori is like a rain or snow storm, the spirit of Nature is not always kind.

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Old 10-29-2007, 12:59 PM   #18
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nature is impersonal.

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Old 10-29-2007, 01:38 PM   #19
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...To have silent competence. I don't have to tell someone how great I am,...
Interesting.

For me, it's taught me to be able to declare my competence without overstating it. Or coming off as arrogant (usually).

In a real sense, my training has allowed me to recognize my own competence without requiring that I relate it to the competence of others.

I actually believe that beginner's mind is the first step in being able to do this, although I couldn't articulate why. I do think, though, that it begins with understanding that competence is not perfection and competence in one area does not equate to competence in other areas.

And Aikido and music have taught me not to let perfection get in the way of good enough.

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Old 11-12-2007, 07:54 AM   #20
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"The same waters are beneath every wave."
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:02 AM   #21
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Destroying my ego and beating others is not important...beating my Self is.
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:33 AM   #22
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Aikido practice has mostly reminded me of humanity, being a person, being respectful of life, and joy in its unfolding.
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:34 AM   #23
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Easy. It's not the destination that matters, but the journey along the way.

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Old 11-19-2007, 10:51 AM   #24
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Love
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:44 PM   #25
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hmmm, several things, in fact.
  • There is no such thing as better... only relatively so.
  • That no matter who you are you are only as good as you are both willing and able to be bad. Otherwise you are just afraid, afraid to admit that, or both.
  • Aikido doesn't really "help" me. Aikido is not a pill, or a medicine. It is a practice. If anything, my practice helps to continue to define how Aikido will be understood in the next generation of students.
  • People's attachment to improvement usually keeps them from improving. At the same time, their belief that they are now improving (or have already improved to some extent) keeps them from improving. Lastly, the big lie - that self-improvement in and of itself has some altruistic benefit to the universe as a whole.
  • There is no Aikido
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