The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2000 - Self-Help - 224 pages
A fifth-degree black belt in the revolutionary martial art of aikido and co-owner of an aikido school in Mill Valley, California, George Leonard is, "the granddaddy of the consciousness movement" (Newsweek). Leonard is president of the Esalen Institute and founder of Leonard Energy Training (LET), a practice inspired by aikido that offers alternative ways of coping with everyday issues. In this book he applies ancient techniques, physical and spiritual, to the battles we wage every day in both our public and private lives. Along the way, Leonard shows us unique and effective ways to: * cope with sudden, often brutal, setbacks in our lives--and turn them into gifts for growth * develop ki, or positive energy, to enhance vitality * use the aikido principle of "blending" to deal with verbal and psychological attacks With an already large following, George Leonard now brings the valuable wisdom of aikido to a wider audience.
 

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Contents

Welcome to Our Dojo
1
Stepping on the Path
10
Tht First Lift Lesson
16
I Am the Universe
26
The Centered Life
34
A Transformative Ordeal
48
Owning Your World
59
Adventure Discovery and a Dojo of Our Own
63
Blending with Ki
104
Meditation in Action
113
Zanshin Continuing Awareness
120
Aikido Walking
132
Protecting the Attacker
144
The Wages of Optimism
153
The Primacy of Play
160
The Magical Marriage of Practice and Play
166

Context and Transformation
76
The Mysterious Power of Ki
83
Taking the Hit as a Gift
95
Under the Sword
180
The Beginner
189
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George Leonard has introduced LET to more than 50,000 people in the United States and abroad. He is the author of a number of books on human possibilities and social change, including Mastery (Plume 1992), and lives in San Francisco, California.

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