paradigm shift

Garbage in, garbage out.  Putting positive thoughts in your memory bank, leads to mental richness.  You didn’t hear O’Sensei talk about how life was hell and we need Aikido to fight our way through it taking no prisoners.  Although, come to think of it, he probably could have made a fortune developing an internet marketing campaign around that concept looking around at some of the shit they’re selling right now in internetland.  Can you imagine the ad of him in a warehouse that’s been transformed into a gym wearing board shorts with a couple muscle cars in the background wearing a muscle shirt with his arms crossed saying, “If you follow my 7 steps, you too can be a fighting machine, bro”

There are martial arts out there whose underlying philosophy draws  on these garbage mental and spiritual bank balances:

As much as I want to try Ameridote right now, Aikido is different.  I won’t quote them here, but O’Sensei went about things a little bit differently… Okay, I’ll quote just one:
“There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.” Morihei Ueshiba
See!  Different paradigm completely.  Tough to market that to the masses, though.  Okay, fine, one more:
“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.”  Morihei Ueshiba
Okay, I’m done with the O’Sensei quotes for now.  Bottom line is to, well, listen to the guy!  Garbage in garbage out.  Aiki in, aiki out!
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