Friday, 10 August 2012

The Art of Peace where you are

I am away from home due to some family commitments and I know I am in exactly the right place that I need to be. However, it´s not always easy to be away from the people you love and I´m finding that I´m really missing aikido too! Luckily I put some pages from the teachings of the founder of aikido in my filofax, and it´s reminding me that even though I´m not on the mat I´m still practising it right here, right now.

´The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter´.

´One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train´.

Morihei Ueshiba, founder of aikido.