Monday, June 6, 2011

Words of Inspiration

I have been practicing the art of aikido for more than 25 years. It is an integral part of my life and has definitely shaped who I am. The founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, sought to find a martial art that respected life and followed basic principles that honored and encouraged harmony in the universe.

I have had a miniature book, The Art of Peace, by my bedside for as long as I remember. It contains thoughts of Ueshiba, translated by John Stevens.

Here are two quotes that I find inspiring:

Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout. Just as a lotus flower springs from the mire to bloom splendidly, the interaction of the comic breath causes the flower of the spirit to bloom and bear fruit in this world.

Do not fail to learn from the pure voice of an ever-flowing mountain stream splashing over the rocks.

Have a wonderful day!

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