Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Extend

September 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Balance is not an internal thing

 
Extension into the world

for the world

is required

 

Actively loving

is being alive

in balance

 

Observing

without love

is not balance

 

 Extend

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Love in the Face of Everything

September 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Aikido (human balance) is

not against,

is not even protection.

It is love

in the face of everything,

including attack.

 

Miles Horton was a master.

Pope Francis is a master.

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Balance and breath

November 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Breath and balance

are twins

who like playing together

in harmony

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Balancing

November 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Loosing balance

is impossible

 

Being in a fear-base relationship with balance

is awkward and halting

 

Withholding to maintain my balance

is to deny the flow that is being in balance

 

Balancing is not the death defying act of control

it is the core act of participating–living

 

Participating is not controlling nor doing

it is merely the manifestation of balance

 

The inclination to hold onto balance (and the source of that inclination)

is something to become familiar and friendly with

 

Participation in micro balance

–the sensation and sincere participation at the center of the center of balance, effortlessly flowing with that fine sensations of compression, balance and breath–

is the foundation upon which one’s ¬†body, heart, and mind ¬†integrate

And further it is the foundation upon which I integrate with you.

 

 

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Sensed Awareness

January 25th, 2012 · No Comments

Out of control

Into balance

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Reaching in

April 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

is not connection;

is off balance.

Connect with maximum freedom on all sides

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Care

December 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Balance is the manifestation of grounded care.

Flow originates in care.

Connection is shared care.

Lack of care is, careless, awkward, chaotic.

An attractive  future unfolds from present shared care.

I alternate between hiding and participating.

The practice is to know what my care is and move from there, connect from there, stay with it, gently return to it, again and again.

Straining (pushing and pulling) is not caring. It is avoiding care.

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Connecting

December 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Connecting with another is… well it is the human thing.

Connecting with gravity, balancing, staying on a line, staying with gravity, to the end.

When connected, the movements unfold without technique, without thinking, without emotion.

Connection is the foundation of flow.

And flow feels good to everyone involved.

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