By cultivating our concentration for staying with our sensations, we develop a kind of strength which enables us to stay in the present.

Wendy Palmer Sensei, Aikido of Tamalpais, from her book “The Intuitive Body – Discovering the Wisdom of Conscious Embodiment and Aikido”
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Big bell rings softly.
Let the air move. Breathe. Return.
Meditation ends.

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Discovering Connection

I suppose it’s true that in any pursuit, the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know.

At a few points thus far in my short Aikido journey I’ve had glimpses what might lie along the road ahead. Vague outlines of the tops of distant mountains. A barely perceptible pre-dawn glow from a city beyond the forest. Is that the wind, or the roar of a far-off river?

I had one of those glimpses recently, when Sensei demonstrated in a simple technique the difference that connection makes. No connection. Connection. Twenty seconds out of a ninety-minute class, and the impact was profound. More about that, please!

From this shore I’ve seen a bird fly in from another land, away over the horizon. Next Sunday we row out to begin exploring it. I can’t wait.

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