We come to our dojo to train so that we’re better able to apply the principles of aikido in our daily lives.
At the end of the year we reflect on the previous year and on our practice. There are many ways that we can all do this. For some it will be quietly considering what we have appreciated and what we hope to continue in the coming year. Others will take some time to evaluate the year and make plans about how they’ll conduct their life in 2019. Regardless, as cycles come to an end, it is human nature to contemplate how we are affected or how we have made an impact on the events in which we were involved. For Aikidoka, we should recognize that the natural cycles of the year are greater than ourselves and, although we may play a role, it’s most important that we are present and alive as we move along our path. From a certain perspective this is applying the S.O.F.A. approach, that we discuss in class, to life more broadly – Show up, Observe, Focus, and Accept the outcomes.
Approaching life from this perspective doesn’t require a plan or a strategy. Instead it requires a quiet confidence in our own resilience and a willingness to open our hearts and minds to whatever comes next. These characteristics emerge as we become more disciplined and expand our awareness to new levels. Moreover, they are the very things we develop and hone through our Aikido practice.
We have enjoyed another wonderful year practicing together, and may we continue this journey together in 2019!
By Nate Weed