Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Drop into gravity’s calm hand

May 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Period

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Inclinations

May 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Notice

The Incline

Notice the feeling of The Incline

Turn toward this feeling

and

Drop into gravity’s calm hand

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Does gravity need my help?

May 20th, 2011 · No Comments

What is supporting me?

What am I holding?
up
onto
in
back
away
against

Can I trust being supported?
each moment

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Staying with the unflowing practice

December 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Trying to change, well it just makes things…

Accepting lovingly the felt experience of an awkward and unfulfilling practice, emotion, habit, reaction…

This is the only way. Pushing or pulling on some "unwanted" aspect of oneself gives more life to that.

Accepting the whole of the unfolding, horizontal practice, its source, its physical manifestation, its felt sense, AND DOING NOTHING about it, just being with it, connecting with it is the way. Things integrate and loose power or gain power from this way of being.

In my case: relax my belly in place of tensely holding it in and therefore holding my chest out–my current practices of unneeded tenseness. Oh, and allow my knees to bend, therefore allowing my waist to stay flexible rather than flexed. An unintended and unflowing consequences of tenseness.

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Practice and positive psychology

December 14th, 2010 · No Comments

People do flourish when their experienced ratio of positive affect to negative affect is 4 to 1 or more.

One does not have to change others or the world to change one’s own affective experience. One can develop personal practices of acceptance which shift from fear into joy and true play.

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“Bad” thoughts and “bad” behaviors

December 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Assigning negative labels and then attacking one’s own unloved behaviors–my normal approach–is perfectly counter productive.

A different and simpler way is to accept it, stay with it, see what it does when felt but not threatened. Surprisingly, something nice and playful happens.

The power of the habitual reaction lessens, without effort; precisely because there is no effort, only openness and attention.

Another aikido surprise.

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