Articles related to Aikido

This page shows all Seishindo Articles related to Aikido by date with the latest practice at the top of the list. Click on any to read more.

  • What have you come here to learn?
    July 29, 2013

    I rarely raised my hand when Sensei asked questions, but once when he asked why we were sitting there in his dojo. I raised my hand and replied in a clear voice, “I don’t know.” “Ah,” sensei said. “Finally someone with an honest answer!” “If you don’t know why you’re here, why waste your time?” he ...

  • Creating a self-fulfilling prophecy
    July 29, 2013

    “It’s amazing and sad to watch how strongly both of you critique each other, while at the same time neither one of you seems to have the ability to properly critique yourself. You each strive to increase your self-image, by demonstrating how much more you know in comparison to your partner.”

  • The Mind of Aikido and Water
    July 29, 2013

    This article is an excerpt of a conversation with Senta Yamada sensei, regarding his thoughts on the “mind” of Aikido and water.

  • Twelve fundamental premises of Seishindo
    October 15, 2010

    Our ability to communicate in and understand somatic language is wired into our system at birth and forms the foundation of our memories, verbal communication, learned responses, and our ability to live and sustain ourselves.

  • The similarities between Aikido and NLP
    March 18, 2009

    What you read here are the notes of a talk that I gave recently about the similarities between Aikido and NLP. These notes were written with my dual perspective as an Aikido instructor, and a Trainer in NLP.

  • Tapping Into Dual Sources of Intelligence – Part 1 of 3
    March 18, 2009

    This article comes from the chapter I wrote for the book “Walking in two worlds: The Relational Self in theory, practice, and community,” edited by Stephen Gilligan and Dvorah Simon.

  • Cultivating Ki Flow and Mindfulness, Manifesting Mind
    March 18, 2009

    “Ki” supports all of life. “Ki” supports life when our system is able to let it flow unimpeded, like when when our immune system spontaneously heal wounds or illnesses.

  • The Ki of Aikido – An Oriental Concept of “Energy”, “Self” and “Mind”
    March 18, 2009

    There are many different ways to perceive, utilize, and benefit from the energy that is available to us in the course of living our life. What follows is my experience of energy (“ki”) while performing Aikido over the course of more than twenty years.

  • Integrating the Intelligence of your Five “Brains”
    March 18, 2009

    Many of us live our lives shuttling back and forth between two seemingly different identities that often conflict with each other. Our rational self, and our emotional self. The integration of these two aspects of self is one of the primary tasks of personal development.

  • The Language of the Somatic Self- The language of your body
    February 20, 2009

    At every moment in time your subconscious mind speaks to you through your body, in a language that is as refined, systematic, and complete as your verbal language. This “somatic” language that your body communicates in forms the basis of the non-cognitive wisdom known as sixth sense, intuition, or “somatic intelligence.”

  • Mushin – Peak Performance State
    November 17, 2007

    In Japanese thinking the more “emptiness” there is, the larger the range of possibilities that exist. If a space is truly empty, then “everything” has the possibility of being manifested.

  • We-dentity – As compared to “I” dentity
    November 17, 2005

    Feeling that you belong to a group, whether it is family, friends, or at work, is important to one’s sense of health, well-being, and identity.

  • Teaching others to be kind, and positively oriented
    November 17, 2005

    In various relationships we need to learn how to join with and utilize a person’s current “bad” behavior in order to induce them to act in a more positively oriented manner. This article will teach you just such a method.

  • The Paradox of One And Many in Aikido Philosophy
    November 17, 2005

    This article is a synopsis of the teaching of Aikido master Koichi Tohei, regarding how to appreciate, empathize with, and respect the diverse people, energies, and opinions that you come in contact with on a daily basis.

  • What is your primary identity?
    November 17, 2005

    I can say from my twenty plus years of Aikido practice, that responding to aggressive fear with connection and calmness, is a very transformative experience for both parties involved. There is something so special about being in a highly challenging situation, and “poof” prior to thinking you find yourself taking a deep breath, and feeling ...

  • With a little help from our friends
    March 18, 2005

    Our nervous system is an “open loop learning system” that draws on energetic connections with others in order to continually adapt and hopefully flourish. This concept of “open loop learning” is very much a part of the theory of Aikido.

  • Trust in the moment, and trust in yourself
    March 18, 2005

    Do you often get yourself upset and feeling less than fully confident, as part of your preparation for facing a daunting challenge? You can improve your performance if you let your somatic intelligence lead the way.