Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play


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.




SENSATION as mentor

July 15th, 2013 · No Comments

I am exploring a primary way of being in the world.

Sensation. The sensuous.

More specifically the primary sensations are the ever-available sensations of gravity (compression) and balance which are handy as well as pre-emotional, the pre-linguistic. I am taking care not to say “pre-cognitive” because I want to reserve the concept of cognition to include sensation, emotion, and language.

The stage is always being set.

I prefer a stage which is set by the sensations of compression and balance and on this stage have emotion and language find their places. I do not enjoy the stages set by emotion or thought where the body has to find its place, literally as an afterthought, an after emotion.

Reality is available through the sensations.


(of Sacred, Love, Connection, Effortlessness, Transformation, Precision, Present Moment)

is available through the sensations

(of Compression and Balance).


Open Mind

November 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Undefended mind

Undefended emotions

Fully sensating body


Living Dangerously

November 10th, 2012 · No Comments

Resting into dangerousness

The sensation

The reality

The possibility

The excitement

The edges

The True Play of living in a deliciously dangerous world



November 7th, 2012 · No Comments





This is the foundation of life and living.

There is a way of being in the world in this moment that is nourishing.

It has a feeling,

a posture

a pattern of breathing

an open hearted way of being in the world

a grounded way of being in the world

a relaxed abdomen way of being in the world

a happy curious way of being in the world, full of wonder and awe.

There are other ways of being in the world.



Sense Sensing

March 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Turn toward sensing
Rest into sensing

Sense my self (muscles, compression, skin, vision, hearing, smell, taste, stance, identity, voice)
Sense my Self (outside in)


Present Sensations

March 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Turn toward, rest into, be with


Sensations are the present, period.

Some ever present sensations are:


Practice noticing and turning toward each sensation of the present

This moment is its sensations. Breath, sense, turn toward, stay with…

Pushing past and turning away are sensations and come from sensations.


Freedom AND Solidarity

March 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Curiosity, I, Peace, Specific–AND–Universal, Harmony, Thou, Non-violence, Respect, Connection

The embodied meaning of each of the words show up from turning toward, resting into, being with, sensing, letting, opening, porousity


The feeling of innovation

March 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

What is the feeling of innovation?

Letting the outside in

Being the outside

Openness–riskless undefended openness


Smiling, chuckling, even laughing

Together–absent any violence, delicately respectful.



What is the feeling of rigid control?


Two Approaches? Experiential (phenomenological) Stance and Practice

February 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

Experiencing (sensing) the world from the inside out


Experiencing (sensing) the self from the outside (Self) in


Experience (sensing) as a practice of turning toward, resting into, nurturing acceptance of what experience (sensation) is present


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.


The Inkling of Fear

February 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

The perception of fear, the felt sensation, the intuition–is great

It is the beginning of useful insight, knowledge, and action

The fight or flight stories and fantasies that often follow the perception of fear–

are not at all useful.

They lead to a narrow, automatic, awkward response where we push against or run from our essential partners.


Sensed Awareness

January 25th, 2012 · No Comments

Out of control

Into balance


To extend sensing

May 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Not feeling is turning away



May 20th, 2011 · No Comments


The Incline

Notice the feeling of The Incline

Turn toward this feeling


Drop into gravity’s calm hand


AIKIDO Practices–Calm down, Get big, Move forward

April 27th, 2011 · No Comments

The practices for calming down and sensing the situations for maximum choice, freedom and connection

The practices for getting big, sensing and extending into, the situation and possibilities

The practices for moving forward with others, with the situation; turning toward, connecting, blending with what is happening, who is present, and toward a positive healthy shared future (always aware of my choices of turning away or against same people, possibilities, and future)

The antidote (replacement practices) for (the practices of) anxiety, narrowness, and awkwardness, aggression, or retreat.


Transcending Paradigms

April 24th, 2011 · No Comments



Will power


A mat is always there

April 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Under my feet

Life is practice

The variable is



April 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Exaggeration is pushing against
Minimization is turning away


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