Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

Notice and turn toward

June 5th, 2011 · No Comments

With gratitude

Notice my turning
Away

Notice the sensations of my
Holding

Notice my turning
Against

Notice the sensations of my
Holding

Turn toward the sensations
and notice

This is my practice

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To extend sensing

May 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Not feeling is turning away

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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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Exaggeration

April 24th, 2011 · No Comments

Exaggeration is pushing against
Minimization is turning away

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Turning fully toward

March 19th, 2011 · No Comments

(in no order, all together, as one way of being)

Center

(instant intuition–sensing, knowing, pre-verbal, global)

Intention

(gratitude and respect, openness and curiosity-true play, touching, non-collisional)

Attention

(inclusive, not brittle & narrowly focused)

Gravity

(falling/flowing into motion from center, with gravity)

Extension from ground

(in 3D with knees, hips, and spine)

Breathing

(giving to and receiving from)

Accepting self

(with gratitude and respect)

Accepting what is unfolding

(with gratitude and respect)

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MOVEMENT from center

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments

I have discovered that I have a static or at least staccato approach to living. Fluid movement is not my way of being in the world–to date.

I am beginning to practice moving

My center (how uncharacteristic)

My feet, following center

My arms and head, extending from center.

Practicing belly breathing to acquaint myself with my neglected center.

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Incline

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

My precise state of
Slope
Tilt
Leaning
Bias.
The pre-intention
From which the intention originates
Which leads through intention to the action of
Turning
Toward
Away or Against

Inclination to protect self or to connect with self and others
Isolation or I-I

Turn toward the inclination
Observe that

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Humiliation

February 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Shame

Blinding shame

Fight or flight

Or…

Stay with it, turn toward it, let it dissolve itself through insight

Ever how slowly and non-violently

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Observe my intention’s turning

February 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Which way is intention turning (before the body turns)

Away from self

Against self

Toward self

—–

Away from other

Against other

Toward other

—-

Away from, Against, or Toward

–Gravity

–Balance (in 3 dimensions),

–Breath (in the belly),

–Supple spine (openness)

–Extension (line, true strength, precision, the precursor of connection),

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Falling and turning

January 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Sensing from the head and chest. Rising up? Against? Or in defense?

Sensing from center.

Recognizing connection.

Falling with gravity, with the flow of the situation, beside the other person’s line, precisely

Turing around center.

Staying connected.

Gravity, connection, & motion => Flow

One hundred times from my head–dissonance.

One time from center, connected–simply beautiful.

Practice.

Practice awareness from center, with heart and head in tune.

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