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  • December 3, 2019

    In the Spirit of Giving: Respect, Presence, and Pausing for Breath

    In the Spirit of Giving: Respect, Presence, and Pausing for Breath

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

    -- attributed to Ian Maclaren (1850-1907)

    In this month of sharing gifts, I'd like to share four brief stories from Ki Moments subscribers like yourself. Over the years, stories like these from generous readers demonstrate how big a difference it makes when we pause, take a moment to find our presence, and offer respect, sometimes when it is least expected. 

    These writers' experiences highlight real-world applications of aikido principles, such as respect, moving with instead of against, and that the only real enemy is the one within. When we practice inner self defense, we can manage whatever comes our way from outside...

  • January 29, 2019

    The Joy of Peak Performance

    The Joy of Peak Performance

    I had a lot of ideas for my newsletter post this week, and they all went out the window when I saw the viral video of Katelyn Ohashi of UCLA Athletics performing her perfect 10 floor routine in a recent college meet.

    I watched it several times, admiring her supernatural skill, calm poise, radiant smile, flexible body, the way she could be simultaneously in the routine and totally connected to the space, the audience, and her fellow gymnasts on the sidelines, and all of it flowing from an "I got this!" state of confidence and flowing ki.

  • April 12, 2016

    The Art of Listening: Presence and Mindfulness

    The Art of Listening: Presence and Mindfulness

    Listening--really listening--takes practice.

    And presence.

    Mindfulness.

    You can even practice it alone.  

    Set a stopwatch. For 15 seconds, stay quiet and listen.

    What do you hear? Try it again and see if you can hear more this time. What new sounds were there?

  • January 7, 2014

    Staying Present: Shedding Habits

    Staying Present: Shedding Habits

    At some point, if you’re fortunate, you’ll hit a wall of truth and wonder what you’ve been doing with your life…. -Pema Chödrön

  • September 4, 2013

    Extending Key

    Extending Key

    By Thomas Crum

    “Excuse me, but do you have a blue Chevy Malibu with Arizona plates?”

    I slowly turned on my barstool, keeping one eye on the mesmerizing NBA playoff game coming down to the wire. “What did you say?”

    The waitress kindly repeated the question. I looked down at my rental car keys on the bar next to my dinner plate. Even though I had rented the car in LA, I remembered it had Arizona plates. “Actually, I do. What’s up?”