When we allow our mind and body to settle naturally, movement does not stop. Instead, this movement concentrates at the One Point in the lower abdomen, settling by half, half, half... As we practice allowing this natural calming to take place, we experience increasing clarity and stability of mind. This month, we will learn both physical and mental exercises to experience this natural, calm settling of our mind and body.
Drop-In Aikido: 5 Principles of Ki-Aikido
Soshu Tohei taught 5 Principles of Ki-Aikido, which he also called 5 Principles to Lead Others. These principles can guide us both in our Aikido and in our daily life as we learn to move together in harmony with others and meet the challenges we face with equanimity. This month, we will explore these principles and learn to embody them through our practice of Ki-Aikido techniques.
Read William Reed Sensei's discussion of calmness through half, half, half here.
Read a short description of the Five Principles to Lead Others on the Eastern Ki Federation website.
Read Shinichi Tohei Sensei's blog post on Leading People
The Dojo will be closed on Monday, August 22 through Monday September 5 for our Summer Recess and Japan Cultural Immersion & HQ Training trip.