Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Dialogue as Ai Ki

December 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Being connected, touching, blending

In the present moment

Displaces assumptions and inferences with

Direct experience and movement

Displaces the violence and illusion of control with

Vulnerability and openness.

Conversations which emerge in this way (dialogue)

Co-invent shared insights


Why work against your body!

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Our mind

and others minds

Receive their direction from our body

Our breathing

Our posture

Our way of moving

Our way of holding against or away

Our gracefulness

It is all out there for everyone (including us) to see

We cannot force our bodies to be graceful

We can only turn toward what is happening

Accept it

And move with it

From center

With breath of the center

With intention of the center

With motion of the center


Smart Body

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Listen, without words, to the body

Turn, without words, toward the body

The muscles

The breath

The initiation (inclination) of movement

The felt experience of place, of other, of self, of movement


Big or Small; Big and Small

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This is an ever present question

How to take care of one’s self so that being big is the enticing choice?

Pay attention to this inclination.

Don’t force your way toward extension.

Turn toward, take care, rest into the inclination to get small and withdraw.


Care and Respect

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Anything good comes from the combination of
Moving from our deepest care
With complete respect
for yourself and for others.

Respect is: no pushing, no withdrawing, simply touching and moving together.
Care: what is the most enticing, most life giving, results in the most joy and meaning.