Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Balance and breath

November 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Breath and balance

are twins

who like playing together

in harmony


Recommending: Buddha in Blue Jeans

November 5th, 2012 · No Comments

An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha

Simple profoundness we can learn by sitting quietly.

Free e-book from Amazon/Kindle and iTunes.


Metabolizing Stress

February 20th, 2011 · No Comments

One week of a two week vacation.


Daily breathing practice.

Relieves Horizontal reacting. (Reliving my past, projecting past onto an uncertain future.)

Supports Vertical. (Present in this place, in this body, with these specific people, now.)



January 15th, 2011 · No Comments

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

Breath into belly, supports center.

Exhale from belly, supports extension and flow.


Training, practice, awareness

January 9th, 2011 · No Comments

awareness, breathing,
awareness, tensions,
awareness, breathing,
awareness, acceptance,
awareness, breathing,
awareness, relaxation,
awareness, breathing,
awareness, supple spine,
awareness, breathing,
awareness, extension,
awareness, breathing, connection, breathing, flow;
again and again a hundred times a day.

Awareness is presence, the rest is practice.

Breathing is core to awareness, acceptance and practice.


Breath and anxiety

December 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Anxiety results in poor timing. Moving too soon or too late. Moving in the wrong direction.

Breathing before I need to is connected to moving before needed.

Holding my breath is connected to moving too late.

Breathing before necessary comes from my chest.

Breathing when necessary comes from my abdomen.


“Staying with it”

December 12th, 2010 · No Comments


It is not an act of will or power over.

It is the simplest of things.

Breathing from below the diaphragm.

Noticing what is going on, with tension,  with my muscles, with what is being held or contained or avoided.

Noticing my physical relation to the floor (balance)

Noticing how I am connecting with whatever is going one around me.

That is it. Seems simple enough. It is. It seems to be the main or foundational practice of Aikido.

The marshal art techniques are based upon this.


Life is a breathing practice

December 11th, 2010 · No Comments

I might as well have a conscious awareness of the practice.


Early insights from the dojo

November 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Calm down = Breath (deep diaphragmatic breathing practice)
Get big = Extend
Move forward = Play (5Ps)