Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

freedom AND solidartiy

December 16th, 2013 · No Comments

By “AND” I mean intersection of these two foundational stances–situations where both freedom and solidarity support each other

Freedom + Solidarity = Participation

Freedom – Solidarity = Isolation alternating with Domination

When one’s state of being is in a sympathetic, adrenergic, stress-based mode–fight, flight, freeze–then we end up with isolation, power over AND subjugation or blind following.

When the state of being is in a parasympathetic, receptive, digestive, integrative, open mode–broaden and build–then we experience flow AND connection.

The difference in these two “ANDs” is the difference between war and peace.



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.




Enlightened Participation @ Scale

February 18th, 2012 · No Comments

The challenge
each of us
our communities


Participation, Sensation & True Play

February 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Re-Connect sensing with doing
Sense-Feel as you act
Sense into action (this is where we act-sense into-from knowing)
This is true participation.
Do it from a place of gratitude and joy and it is
True Play.

Acting without simultaneous embodied sensing has the effect of a bull in a china shop.