Eight forces sustain creation:
Movement and stillness,
Solidification and fluidity,
Extension and contraction,
Unification and division.
Vermont Aikido wishes you a happy holiday season, filled with warmth and love.
Heaven, earth, humankind
United in the Path of Harmony and joy,
Following the Art of Peace
Across vast seas,
And on the highest peaks.
-from “The Art of Peace”
“The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. We want to cure the world of sickness and violence, malcontent, and discord- this is the Way of Harmony. There is evil and disorder in the world because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.”
“The lesson of Aikido is that violence is self-destructive. We help our partner learn this without actually destroying them.”
(Mary Heiny Sensei is strongly connected with Vermont Aikido, and taught a seminar here in May of this year. We will be posting photographs and related material from the seminar shortly.)