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The Horrible Awkwardness and Angst of Being a Beginner: In Aikido or at Anything

Susan Harrow | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Susan Harrow

It's not easy being bad at something. But it's how we all start. And sometimes the awkwardness and ineptitude doesn't dissipate for quite a while. Beginnings can be awkward, uncomfortable, frustrating and fearful.

How This Woman Went From Quadriplegic To Black Belt -- And Is Helping Others Do The Same

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact

Eighteen years ago, Molly Hale, then 45, was preparing to take her third degree Black Belt exam in the Japanese martial art of Aikido -- for which she...

Daily Opportunities for Sacredness and Peace

Andrew Arakawa | Posted 11.16.2013 | Hawaii
Andrew Arakawa

How can we figuratively or literally take off our sandals so that we can have awareness that, right here and right now, we are standing on holy ground?

Can We Consistently Redirect Conflict to Our Favor?

Peter Baksa | Posted 08.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

Uncomfortable situations almost always contain valuable information or a lesson. I have found that if I ask what lies beneath my discomfort I discover more about myself and how I relate to others.

Martial Arts And The Journey To Islam

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 12.02.2011 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

Islam embodies an undeviating path to peace of mind, attained by aligning one's physical, mental, financial, family and community affairs to this primary goal, which we should help each other work toward.

An Ancient Technique To Shape Your Body And Mind

Allen N. Wilkins, M.D. | Posted 09.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Allen N. Wilkins, M.D.

Whether you're thinking of getting involved in martial arts or have already begun, you can improve your health and have fun learning non-violent self-defense.

Mindfulness Practice for Aikido and Tea Ceremony

Susan Harrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Harrow

Tea ceremony and Aikido can both be considered meditation in action, practices that emphasize stillness through movement.

Dreams of Falling and Flying

Anne Hill | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Hill

What is the difference between falling and flying in dreams? Some people would say it is a matter of attitude, not altitude.

Revealing Yourself In Aikido, Calligraphy and Kototama

Susan Harrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Harrow

Whether we will it or not, who we are is seen clearly in the black ink of our doing and on the white paper of possibility.

Reclaiming Feminine Values and Virtues in the Workplace and Home

Susan Harrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Harrow

Many women in the workplace find that their femininity and core values have been pushed to the background or edged out of their lives in a subtle but significant way.

Changing Your Body Changes Your Self

Susan Harrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Harrow

Our bodies don't lie. In fact, they are obvious truth tellers if you know what to look for. So when we put ourselves into stressful situations, we all revert to our conditioned tendencies.

Small Women Big Men: Aikido As A Means For Reflection

Susan Harrow | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Harrow

At the core taking care of myself is really about the development of heart. A heart that beats both alone in my body, and in rhythm with all beings.

Dreaming When Far from Home

Anne Hill | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Hill

Never having thought of myself as particularly athletic, all I needed to do was pay attention and keep focused on ground, breath, extension.