I practiced Aikido, a Japanese martial art, for over 20 years. This branch of Aikido, taught by Koichi Tohei, cultivates stillness, outer-focused awareness, and non-dissension—not just from a martial art perspective, but more importantly, in everyday life.
By remaining calm and centered, it’s easier to connect with others, even when there’s conflict. It’s simple to be tranquil when you’re sitting by yourself in a quiet room. But what about when you feel attacked? Or criticized? Then we’re quick to get angry, defensive, or aggressive. In Aikido, we called this “fighting mind.”... Read More