Since this is a slow process and we are focused on waza, techniques, and knowledge, we miss the real alterations that are taking place. Changes in how we interact with others, how we respond to stress, what we think we are capable of both emotionally and physically. Incremental changes go unnoticed. But as slowly and inevitably as tree roots will invade and crack a rock, aikido invades and cracks our preconceived ideas.
"I want considerate people to listen to the voice of Aikido. It is not for correcting others; it is for correcting your own mind. This is Aikido. This is the mission of Aikido and should be your mission."
O Sensei - Morihei Ueshiba