"All the principles of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is the truth and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together. When the myriad variations in the universal breath can be sensed, the individual techniques of the Art of Peace are born."
Aikido enables us to become conscious of the situations we create. This does not happen as an intellectual understanding, but as an embodied experience which can be investigated and transformed. We can learn to meet potentially difficult situations with strength and focus while remaining oriented towards a peaceful resolution.
This learning enhances our capacity to take responsibility for our own safety and increases our capacity to perceive and reconfigure challenging relational dynamics.
Aikido promotes natural and effortless body movement. When we move as a whole and in accordance with our natural ability, we can connect to an experience of calmness, strength and harmony which is inherent throughout the natural world.