Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Blinded by sight

February 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Embodied learning prevented by my sighted brain.

Blindfolded

Like a race horse in a fire

Able to practice with bokken

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Caffeine

January 28th, 2011 · No Comments

I dropped it

Two weeks ago

Caffeine is for thinking more

I am practicing being more from center

More connected

My thoughs are better when arising from center

From connection

Caffeine does not help

I have not missed it.

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Mental?

January 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Is my work really mental, in my head?

Isn’t insight embodied, felt, experienced

Rather than something  Controlled

and Done from my head?

Isn’t most learning done with others

In a state of blending, connection, listening

Not THINKING or DOING?

What have I been thinking/doing all of these years?

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Horizontal

December 30th, 2010 · No Comments

That which does not flow from vertical integration. Reactive, threatened, anxious, analytical, disconnected.

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Staying connected, committed

December 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Be clear and committed to  what you care about.

Connect to that care.

Stay with that care.

It has an awareness from center, through the other, through the ground.

This connection, its attractiveness, is the source of everything that needs to happen. From this connection, when I stay with it, something real and wonderful unfolds without effort or technique.

By the way, standing to the side, watching, thinking, judging, planning–these practices are not the practice of connecting.

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