Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Extension, from You (Ground) to You (Center) to You (Other)

January 15th, 2011 · No Comments

And from You (Other) to You (Center) to You (Ground)

Extension. True play. Joy.

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From holding to flowing

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Holding on and holding back = Fear

Flow with safety and integrity = True play = Joy

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Get big

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Attention, as big as what you care about. Includes what you connect with.

For the sake of connection, being with, being part of, “sameness”.

From Center.

Includes others as “sameness”. Truly, what they are attending to, what they are planning, when they begin to move, how they are moving.

Includes lines, ground, tempo, — all sensed through center, precisely.

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Exhale

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Holding breath is off center and fearful. Prevents extension and flow.

Breath into belly, supports center.

Exhale from belly, supports extension and flow.

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Falling and turning

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Sensing from the head and chest. Rising up? Against? Or in defense?

Sensing from center.

Recognizing connection.

Falling with gravity, with the flow of the situation, beside the other person’s line, precisely

Turing around center.

Staying connected.

Gravity, connection, & motion => Flow

One hundred times from my head–dissonance.

One time from center, connected–simply beautiful.

Practice.

Practice awareness from center, with heart and head in tune.

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