Lessons from Grief

This is a quote from Richard Rohr, a Catholic priest whose talks are available on-line. It is from a series on initiations. He was talking about grief and the lessons it teaches, but that last line sounded to me like an echo from O'Sensei.
"...nothing can be a dead end; everything is capable of new meaning. We are indeed saved by gazing upon the wounded one--and loving there our own woundedness and everyone else's too (John 3:14, 12:32, 19:37). We can dare to be mutually vulnerable instead of trying to protect ourselves and impress each other. This is the core meaning of the Christian doctrine of Trinity; the very character of God is mutual deference, recognition, and love, not self-assertion, much less domination or manipulation of the other."

A Different Art, A Similar Message

Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The  spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.
--Morihei Ueshiba

This is a different art, but I think they found the heart of it.



When We Were Knights.

Testing Day

A celebration of accomplishments and some personal milestones in the journey of Aikido.


An Answer to an Unasked Question

From Aikido Journal, an article by William Gleason about his journey in Aikido and his experiences studying in Japan under Yamaguchi Seigo Sensei.
However, I still felt something was wrong or incomplete. Neither the physical well being resulting from the diet, nor the knowledge of oriental philosophy really dealt with the matter of self-development or self-realization. Then one day in Cambridge, Mass., I saw a short and stocky Japanese man named Mitsunari Kanai perform a martial art called aikido. I was completely floored. It was like the answer to a question that I hadn’t known how to ask; it was both poetry and philosophy in motion.--William Gleason