Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Living from the Belly

April 6th, 2012 · No Comments

Mind and muscles attempt to keep the world at bay
Belly (center) accepts the world and moves with it
Even the activity of the mind and muscles is accepted and digested
Mind and muscles strive
Belly digests and rests into living

Live from belly, breath from belly, move from belly, sense from belly


Drop into gravity’s calm hand

May 20th, 2011 · No Comments



MOVEMENT from center

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments

I have discovered that I have a static or at least staccato approach to living. Fluid movement is not my way of being in the world–to date.

I am beginning to practice moving

My center (how uncharacteristic)

My feet, following center

My arms and head, extending from center.

Practicing belly breathing to acquaint myself with my neglected center.


Play with

March 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Perfection is not playful

It is wrought in private places

It is a magician’s act of deception (of self and a few uninitiated others)

Play is destroyed by knowing, planning, technique or effort.

Play is not perfect (except in spirit)

It is open (exposed)

It flows from physical gratitude into respect and connection

Gratitude for the attraction between us and the earth

Gratitude for the certainty of center (hara)

Gratitude for the possibility of suppleness and extension

Respect for ones past and future

Respect for the possibilities of now–this moment, the only moment

Connection with self and all of self’s contradictions

Connection with this space,

particularly this ground, through balance;

and this space through extension

And connection with the other(s)

Playfully, with no inclination toward perfection


Heart to hara?

January 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Heart to head I get.

Head to heart I get.

Heart to center (hara)?


…Maybe that was open ocean sailing?

Emotion that connected with the ocean and the night sky’s peek into the cosmos, with felt rather than thought implications and meaning?


Moving from & to center

January 7th, 2011 · No Comments

Moment to moment, presently, without language, sense from center, stay with center, come back again and again to center. Connect to center from center. Over and over.