Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Present without Pre Tension

July 15th, 2013 · No Comments

I got nearer to the root

of my fear and

lack of tenderness.

The root of this thorny plant

is “pretense”,

a felt need to appear

(to be)

other than I am.

There is little safety

or ability to relax

when compelled to

show up

instead of

simply

being

present

without preconditions,

pretense,

pre-tension.

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DANGEROUS VERTICAL ADVENTURES with FRIENDS

November 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Intense Presence is required –

as occurred during critical moments in the emergency room.

Precisely appropriate presence–

a reciprocal blend of observing and responding with what is unfolding and required.

No allegiance to ego (or all allegiance to Ego).

Aikido–Serious PLAY.

Vertical–allegiance to beginning now in this moment, and from now on.

COMMITMENT

I am in.

No allegiance to self hatred.

No allegiance to self defeating moves.

No allegiance to hidden defensive routines.

Touch with tenderness and vulnerability–

openness to the past and the future

from this place, this moment, these “we”,

with explicit purpose and care.

No allegiance to  hurrying and

no allegiance to  lagging.

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Presence

May 13th, 2011 · No Comments

Putting my whole self into the situation

Is often the best solution

Rather than trying to think or work my way out of the situation.

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Early sensing

April 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Pay attention to what is sensed,

listen to the whisper, the murmur,

respect the whiff,

the slightest breeze,

the portent

Respond to that knowing

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