Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

A Reflection and a Meditation — on Learning Together

July 15th, 2013 · No Comments

Taking Time for Falling into Love
(alternatively “Learning to Wait”)

 

Together

Effortlessly

Waiting,

Patiently, sometimes interminably

For harmony to find itself

Learning to wait.

Silence when that is all there is

Unbroken

Listening

Curbing my enthusiasm

Relaxing

Finding our enthusiasm

Tempo, tone, timber, mood, color, flavor, texture, feeling

Falling into

Feeling into

Opening

Opening to Ensemble

Playing together.

Time and tenderness

Coming back to the moment, again and again

Letting emotion come and go, wash over me, wash over us, wash away

Learning to wait

Calmly or not

Again and again

Interminably

Whatever it takes, so we are together,

Sometimes moving in harmony

Noticing breath

Noticing balance

Reaching out, into and through

Touching each other.

Being touched, sometimes deeply.

It’s was breathtaking

Loving

In these moments for no particular purpose other than the sensation of harmony

Finding our way tenderly, through touch,

touching one another, being touched

Connecting

Smiles.

Tears

Laughter

Surprise

Tearful gratitude at being heard

No goal allowed to bury loving connection this time!

No form of violence, no forcefulness of personality, displaces tenderness this time!

This was a time of tenderness.

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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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Touching

February 13th, 2011 · No Comments

From center

Breathing

Extend

On a Precise Line

Toward

(not Against nor Away, not self Protecting-Defeating) (compression-center-breath)

Connect, Blend, Flow

With

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Sword (Bokken) Practice

February 5th, 2011 · No Comments

If you don’t know precisely what you are doing

Others cannot possibly blend with you

Clarity is necessary

for connection

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Touch

February 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Extension

&

Connection

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