Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Entries from October 2011

Shame

October 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Is such a small thing

Give it no power

Turn toward the small thing

and simply be with it,

like the child it is.

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Breath

October 28th, 2011 · No Comments

The window to my

way of being in the world

in this moment.

Notice

and turn toward what is pointed to

by my breath

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Human Flourishing: Positivity Ratio

October 21st, 2011 · No Comments

From https://www.positivityratio.com

My answers to these questions over time, determine whether I will flourish or languish. These are outcome measures of Sensei Bert Bennett’s “vertical” and “horizontal“. My practice is to turn toward each as I am experiencing it. Also I am designing my days to include experiences of awe, gratitude, play, closeness and serenity. Playfulness needs attention!

  1. What is the most amused, fun-loving, or silly you felt?
  2. What is the most angry, irritated, or annoyed you felt?
  3. What is the most ashamed, humiliated, or disgraced you felt?
  4. What is the most awe, wonder, or amazement you felt?
  5. What is the most contemptuous, scornful, or disdainful you felt?
  6. What is the most disgust, distaste, or revulsion you felt?
  7. What is the most embarrassed, self-conscious, or blushing you felt?
  8. What is the most grateful, appreciative, or thankful you felt?
  9. What is the most guilty, repentant, or blameworthy you felt?
  10. What is the most hate, distrust, or suspicion you felt?
  11. What is the most hopeful, optimistic, or encouraged you felt?
  12. What is the most inspired, uplifted, or elevated you felt?
  13. What is the most interested, alert, or curious you felt?
  14. What is the most joyful, glad, or happy you felt?
  15. What is the most love, closeness, or trust you felt?
  16. What is the most proud, confident, or self-assured you felt?
  17. What is the most sad, downhearted, or unhappy you felt?
  18. What is the most scared, fearful, or afraid you felt?
  19. What is the most serene, content, or peaceful you felt?
  20. What is the most stressed, nervous, or overwhelmed you felt?
  1. angry
  2. humiliated
  3. contemptuous
  4. disgust
  5. embarrassed
  6. guilty
  7. distrust
  8. unhappy
  9. fearful
  10. stressed
  11. awe
  12. amused
  13. grateful
  14. hopeful
  15. inspired
  16. interested
  17. joyful
  18. closeness
  19. proud
  20. serene

I will turn toward the underlined emotions.

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Positivity

October 21st, 2011 · No Comments

  1. Feels good–designed for flourishing
  2. Broadens–with broader long view more innovation occurs
  3. Growth–allows the person to grow over time, a delayed payoff
  4. Resilience–social situations go better because there is more openness, choice & flexibility
  5. Flourishing–one experiences the world, self, and others in a dramatically different way
  6. Personal Capability–increases as joy, sincerity and a light touch become available
  7. Synergistic–with goals of health, work, family, spirituality

 

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Nonviolence

October 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Care is nonviolent.

Care for violence
Nonviolently

Especially toward myself
Especially in my inner voice

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Assets

October 19th, 2011 · No Comments

The only asset
is
care

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Analysis?

October 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Respect
Care
Sense
Be one with
(Curiosity)

Not at arms length
Not to dispose of
Nor to move beyond
(Analysis)

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Stuckness

October 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Turn toward stuckness
Absorb the sensation
Become familiar
Hold that sensation in my arms gently
Care for it
Feel my connection with the earth
Breath
Relax
Holding this baby gently in my arms, in my heart
Wish it no harm
Find gratitude for stuckness
Now hold hands with your friend stuckness
Now walk together
Now breath together
Now move together, brothers, center and center
One

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Precision

October 17th, 2011 · No Comments

clarity, embodied
as
presence
and
present context

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