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A SENSE OF PLACE
August-September 1, 2021
“Learning is to a man as the leaves and branches are to a tree, and it can be said that he should simply not be without it." - From the Iwamizudera Monogatari, Takeda Shingen's (1521-1573 A.D.) discussions on human nature.
HAVE YOU OVERCOME YOUR TRAINING OBSTACLES?
March-April 1, 2021
Monthly Quote: “Learning is something that should be studied broadly. It is, for example, like the beggar's bag in which everything from leftover meat to cold soup is stored."- Hosokawa Yusai
Have you identified your obstacles to martial learning? Every practitioner has them -at one time or another- and just as in life, avoiding them can be detrimental. Here are a few of the most common obstacles and ways to overcome them.
TIME TO REFOCUS
January-February 1, 2021
Monthly Quote: "Ikyoku shuchu; Takyoku bunsan." [Concentrate on a single point; Spread out to many points]. - Toyoda Sensei's personal motto.
As 2021 begins and we continue to struggle with difficult conditions, it's a good time to remember how blessed we are to have each other, to have our practice, and to have intensity. In fact, it is just this intensity that enables us as Aikido practitioners to step forward in difficult times and do what we've always vowed to do: to live fully and benefit others.
2020 END-OF-YEAR NOTE
December 31, 2020
Monthly Quote: "Standing in the mountain stream I wonder why it is no one can speak as purely as the water sounds against the stone." - Poems of Budo
As we approach the end of 2020, I think with gratitude of all the effort, work and thoughtfulness that our members have demonstrated throughout this unprecedented year. To say it has been challenging is, perhaps, a bit of an understatement.
TO RECIEVE AND LET FLOW AWAY
December 1, 2020
"To receive and let flow away." - (from Master Takuan Soho’s letters to swordmaster Yagyu Munenori on 'The Immovable Mind')
The holidays are here! Connecting with family near and far, gift shopping and giving, sharing kitchen duties and delectable recipes, creating hilarious and long-lasting memories. Here at Shinjinkai the month of December marks the closing of another year, and prompts us to dedicate our practice to understanding the deeper meaning of "Keiko" 稽古, and "Shugyo" 修行.