Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Care as Identity

January 17, 2012 · No Comments

Our multiple identities are our embodied care stories and the matching organization that attempts to protect us or that connects us. It is our centered, embodied, sensed care from which our emotions, ideas and actions arise and show up in the world.
With practice we can become familiar with the felt care and then we have real choice.

Until we can bring our care to our center, feel it, relax into it, until we can do this we will be moving from our head, from ideas, from analysis. Moving from our head, will always be late, off center, awkward and visibly inauthentic. More importantly, when can feel our deepest care at our core, at our center, then our physical movement, our emotions and our narratives will all flow authentically.

Of course feeling our care in this way is not available when we are stressed. But once we decrease our stress sufficiently, then we can begin to play with this sensibility. Trying to “do” aikido from our heads is not possible. Aikido is not technique. Aikido happens when we can move from our deepest care.


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