“The Art of Peace is the principle of nonresistance. Because it is nonresistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished. The Art of Peace is invincible because it contends with nothing.”
– from The Art of Peace by Ōsensei (“Great Teacher”), Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido.
Like presence and being wholly in the body, nonresistance is deep practice … for me, at least. Like many, I was well and deeply conditioned to roll the boulders up the hill, ‘make it happen’, push the river …
Can you think of other metaphors that you’ve used for your own experience with pushing it rather than trusting and allowing?
Yet, wow, with the practice — and it is practice — I notice a huge shift and release of all the tension and other ‘psychic muck’ that goes along with resisting what is and/or ‘living in the head’ (and leaving the rest of the body just about abandoned through lack of presence).
How about you … what have you noticed from your practices in these wild, wise disciplines?
Big Love, Joyful Presence, and Deep Practice,
Featured Image Credit: Morihei Ueshiba meditates on top of Haleakala, Maui, 1961. Shared in Spirituality & Health magazine and sourced from the photo archives of Maui-Ki Aikido.
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