>The hippie speaks.

April 18, 2009 § Leave a comment

>Approaching one hundred days of Aikido, I’ve been reflecting on how much I have already learned. Like writing– like everything in life– I am learning that I need to find my own voice in Aikido. Last week, I meditated more before each class began with the goal of sinking deeper into my center, to letting my power come from silence, reflection, and an appreciation of this opportunity to learn to relate to people in a way that is honest, careful, engaged without fear of giving myself away. I have struggled with the notion that in the end, Aikido feels very selfish– so much work on self-improvement. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved the challenge to be better at being myself. I think the counterargument for this idea is that by focusing so much on centering, we can walk through the world with more compassion and peripheral vision. I’m not sure what I believe, which is okay. Right now, Aikido gives me strength, energy, and the opportunity to learn.

How I know that summer might be almost here (for real): I wore my favorite sandals and sunbathed at Socrates Sculpture Park for the first time since last summer.

Chia Obama stubbornly refuses to grow “hair” on the top of his head though he’s got some good neck locks growing. Lately, he’s looking a lot like Chia James Taylor.


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