Many people train for the sheer enjoyment of the physical training, but if studied on a deeper level the experience can be profound and richly rewarding.
The art teaches harmony and respect above all else and is not seen as a fighting art. It is in essence the art of peace.
The benefits that the training affords can be felt every day. One continues to grow, develop and learn to perceive more and more of the wonder that the world has to offer. Meditation plays a key part in this, helping to calm the mind in quiet reflection.
The training can even promote a positive psychological well being. Although, it is by no means an antidote to depression or other such types of mental suffering, but it does however allow for growth and change to take place and one becomes stronger and more relaxed through the training of mind and body unification.
“Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything”.
—Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido.
What is the first question? The first and most fundamental question is, what is the meaning of ‘my’ life? Once you get beyond the metaphysics of the mind, the meaning of life is simply to live.
The next question is, how do I live? This is where Ki-aikido begins.
To live well we must create reliable relationships with ourselves and our environment. Our reality is based on the quality of this understanding.
“What you perceive at each moment creates your action. When you know what to do in your life, all the other questions disappear. The difficulty comes in understanding that action is determined by perception”.
—Kenjiro Yoshigasaki, Ki-Aikido master.
We create a sound relationship through perceiving. To perceive correctly we must relax completely. When we relax completely we establish a good relationship with ourselves. This relationship we communicate with others. This is harmony. Harmony within, harmony with the universe.
Establish a harmonious relationship with the universe and your life will become art. You will be practising the art of living. This is the essence of Aikido.
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