Sitting Off the Mat: Practicing Spiritual Aikido

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Judy Ringer

Always practice The Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner.

~ Morihei Ueshiba, O Sensei

Silence.

A Different Sort of Courage

One thought: this takes courage. It’s a personal challenge to come to the dojo I founded 25 years ago and sit on the sidelines. It takes courage, of course, to get on the mat, to practice. And a different sort of courage not to. Because it’s easy for me to concoct a story that I’m being judged, that I’ll be perceived as not strong enough, or injured, or afraid.

Practicing Spiritual Aikido

Still another thought: I have a new place in the dojo, perhaps quite literally. I’m forging a new

Staying Present

Back in the dojo, practice is beginning. The silence is gradually colonized by sound.

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Judy Ringer is the author of Turn Enemies Into Allies: The Art of Peace in the Workplace and Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict.

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