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posted Sep 27, 2016, 10:58 AM by The Center for Mind-Body Oneness   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 9:57 AM ]
Drop-In Meditation: 
Dynamic Meditation
Soshu Tohei taught Ki Meditation as a way for us to directly feel the movement of the Ki of the Universe. By alternating our attention between the infinitely large and the infinitely small, we begin to realize the oneness and harmony of the universe we experience.

Drop-In Aikido: Getting Off The Line (Respect your Partner's Ki)
One of the most fundamental principles in Aikido is getting off the line of attack. In Aikido, we do not meet force with force. We do not "block" strikes. Instead, we respect the power that is coming toward us. If an attacker throws a punch, we respect the power of the punch by moving off the line and let the punch to continue unimpeded.


Resources:
Watch "Powers of Ten", a short film from the 1970s imagining a journey of "bigger, bigger, bigger" and "smaller, smaller, smaller" to the limits of scientific knowledge.
Watch "Cosmic Eye", a contemporary remake of the classic "Powers of Ten."

Watch Shaner Sensei demonstrate respecting another's power in this excerpt from the documentary The Asian and Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America.
The clip beginning at 1:34 is a great example of "getting off the line"

Reading: Exercise 9: Dynamic Meditation, pp 214-222 in "Living with the Wind at Your Back" by David Shaner.