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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Aikido: Dancing with the Universe

Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平, December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969) was a famous martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido.

Aikido is the way of love and harmony.  Its philosophy is that It is better to defuse a tense situation and to avoid combat than to enter combat and win.

The amazing, intuitive art of Aikido has many spiritual applications.   

Dancing with an oncoming energy...blending with it...is a most beautiful and powerful path to achieving peace and resolution. 

As Eri Azawa says, "Someone aligned with the will of the Universe/God has no weaknesses."

Whatever enters your life...any difficulty, pain or distress... know that it is a force for your upliftment.  Recognize its beauty...its unfolding grace...and embrace the Gift 

Azawa says:

Relax completely.  Relax vibrantly, such that you are filled with energy but yet have no tense muscles.

Have a relaxed yet alert attitude and mind and a relaxed yet alert body.

Relaxation allows energy to flow freely through the body.  If you relax vibrantly, you are automatically refilled with energy.

Move WITH and WITHIN the energy; do not try to control the energy.
This focus makes a person invincible.

True spirituality is the way of  LOVE.  Let love lead you through your difficulties.  Meet them with joy and confidence and this effort will break you out of difficult holds. 

According to Azawa, the formula is profoundly simple...

Unify mind and body. Mind sets the tone; the body responds.  Energy links all the parts together.  Unify spirituality with all aspects of your life as a cohesive, unified whole:  mind, body, actions, thoughts.  Together they can do amazing things.

We have been given all that we need to navigate what life presents to us.
The path is clear.  

Embrace the darkness when it appears 

and you will find the Light.
Dance with the Universe!

                                                                                                           Marie Helena

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