Thinking Archetypally about Waiting
The Thinking Archetypally series offers a series of meditations on how we imagine and create daily life:
Waiting has no creation date, but reaches back into the depths of mythological time. Imagination suggests that the dilemmas associated with waiting have always been a part of human experience and continue today. When I say "dilemmas," I refer to the natural tensions associated with waiting. The word refers not to a concrete thing but to a spectrum of experiences related by a central theme, which is not good or bad but simply is. Waiting is just part of reality. When it is a good idea it is patience; when it is ill advised it is at best delay. There is a natural tension as one waits, often, to find out if waiting was a good idea or not.
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I'm gonna have to think on this one. Is that taking a wait an see attitude?
--Laurent (Not signed in).....2012-10-21 21:15:19 +0000
Working through Conflict at Work
Management, oversight, and leadership in general all have to do with roles. John, upset with Rajiv for not following through on a task, might say "What kind of an engineer are you?!" meaning that the role "engineer" requires a certain series of behaviors which are not being performed. Rajiv's problem is that he is not only an engineer, but is also a management trainee. He may be a father, brother, best friend, and caregiver for his elderly mentor as well, but most workplaces aren't designed to account for these variables, so we will stick with the roles understood today as being obviously work-related.
Rajiv may well resort to the leverage of rank: "I am a management trainee and you are not. The time previously promised to the thing you need was redeployed to training by our supervisor," which is a valid response in most work environments. Chances are good that John knew this. They both may also work in a situation wherein their supervisor expects everyone to figure out how to clear their To Do List, even given insufficient time. John may resort to "What kind of an engineer are you?!" to push Rajiv using identification with his role as a professional. Both know that there are hidden subtexts at play and that employees are seldom encouraged to actually bring these out and account for them in their planning and negotiation.
Rajiv might say something like "It sounds to me like you may have found a place where my role as a trainee is in conflict with my role as your colleague working on this project. Am I close to what you mean?" Rajiv has now turned John from his pointed attack and is standing beside him rhetorically, looking in the same direction. They are now facing the complex situation and thorny problem together. John can continue to turn and attack, but Rajiv need not join in the exchange of blows, as long as he allows just enough distance from John and from his fears, so that he can effect the situation directly but not be so close that he becomes overwhelmed.
David Weinstock in Oakland 6-7 Oct 2012
I highly recommend David's work and vouch for the value of this seminar. Please consider going.
Body of Wisdom Led by David Weinstock
Walk your talk with Power and Compassion
I am very happy to return to the Bay Area and very excited about this weekend workshop. There will be personal, partner and group explorations drawing from Nonviolent Communication, Somatic Coaching, Aikido and Community living. We will bring to the table spirited centering and relationship practices with an infusion of music, lively conversation and some good fun. This cornucopia of practices will engage all of our senses to help align what we deeply value with our words and actions in the world.
Looking forward to training together,
Saturday: REACTION TO RESOURCE Throughout the day you will learn physical, emotional, linguistic and energetic practices that transform old habits and reactions into resources for self-healing and building relationships. Here we bring historical habits and strategies into the light of conscious choice. We will explore empathic listening skills and the healing power of two sides of Gratitude (Mourning and Celebration). Through engaging practices that align your core values with how you walk in the world, you will effectively learn intentional practices for “becoming what you need.”
Sunday: CONFLICT TO CONNECTION In this daylong workshop we will explore empathic listening and ways to regain a centered presence within challenging relationships. We are immersed in an energetic field that we can sense all around us intuitively. It communicates much with the world around us. It can say go away, or come closer. When our fields communicate a different message than our words, it can cause confusion and tension with others. We will explore practices that cultivate ways to synchronize our emotions, language, action and meaning and the qualities of presence you most desire and need in your life at this time.
Workshop Site: Oakland, California Venue: Interplayce
Workshop Tuition- $187 for the weekend or $100 per day- It would be wonderful if you would like to contribute a bit more toward a scholarship fund. Bring a friend and save 25$ each.
Free Introduction on Friday 4 to 6 pm at Interplayce
Date and Time- October 6th and 7th, Saturday 9:30 am to 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
*Pre-register before September 15th and save $10 per class. Space is limited to 30 participants.
Aiki Peace Week 2012 Classes with Brandon Williamscraig
I taught special classes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of Aiki Peaceweek 2012 for students from Aikido of Berkeley, Free Aiki Dojo, and Golden Bears Aikido at UC Berkeley. The video below is of my concluding talk on Saturday and puts the whiteboard and notes below into context. Please feel free to sign in and comment, or request an account in order to do so.
International Aiki Peaceweek Classes with Brandon Williamscraig
What tools does aikido present to the practitioner which immediately lend themselves to practicing peace?
- "Zen-like" regular practice of balance, breath, and beginners/receptive mind/spirit
- Regular practice of a blending physical connection with self, other, and world (floor/ organization of space)
- Omoto "aiki" ethics
- Pragmatic Poetics: functional while non-literal images and themes which cross usual boundaries into other area of practice.
- Leadership Style (Kayla Sensei's spirit)
- Three part learning model
- Kihon/Basic/Full stops/Self-balance and angle analysis/solid but helpful uke
- Ki-no-nagare/Slowly in motion/no stops/Other-connection and continuity of connection/fluid but honest uke
- Ki musubi/Woven into a moment/Now/whole system martial timing/challenging uke
- Community: of understanding, potlucks and passages, mutual support practice, helpful challenge-level
- Explicit expectation of "Conflict Done Well"
- Takemusu: explicit encouragement of emergence, sylistic variation, and improvisation
The new pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church Berkeley will be Michael Christensen, as of his appointment on November 1st. There are details to be negotiated as he transitions from the East Coast and international leadership responsibilities, and he will be here less than full time for many months, but the transition has begun! Please click on his name above for links to other websites, more information, and a discussion about related issues and questions.
Frager September 29-30 and Kato November 10-11
I am happy to pass this invitation on to all my students.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet and train with one of the most experienced (and highest ranking) non-Japanese aikido practitioners in the world. He continues to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of the art at both the technical and theoretical level, and is the driving force behind the Aikido Archive that will launch in the Fall, and for which I am curator. Frager Sensei trained with the founder, Morihei Ueshiba, and in 1968 co-founded the aikido club at UC Berkeley, now known as Golden Bears Aikido. He went on to found the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, now known as Sofia University, which integrates aikido training as part of its curriculum.
Please consider attending his event (flier attached).
I'm happy to respond to any questions you may have.
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From: Robert Frager
Subject: Sept Aikido weekend
Dear friends and colleagues,
I’m attaching a flyer for an Aikido weekend I’ll be teaching on September 29-30. I hope that you can come.
Also would you please send this on to your own email lists of Aikido friends and students? Or at least mention it after class.
I’m really looking forward to going in depth in both practice and theory in how to practice Aikido while standing on the floating bridge of heaven. This has been a whole series of the most wonderful insights and discoveries of my 48 years in Aikido.
By the way, Kato sensei is scheduled to teach at Sofia (formerly ITP) on November 10-11.
Guest Instructor Sat Sept 8 - Ricardo Leigh
Already missing Martha Moody
Martha Ann Kay Moody, 99, died Monday afternoon at her home of over seventy years in Kessler Park surrounded by her family. Martha Ann Kay was born December 1, 1912 in Hawkins, Texas to Floy and H.O. Kay. Called "Mot" as a girl, Martha relished her childhood in the East Texas countryside with her best playmates and older siblings, Flora "Flo" and Jack. She graduated from the CIA in Denton with a degree in education, representing the school at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago where she saw the Graf Zeppelin airship sail over the city. After school she became a favorite teacher in Hawkins and Highland Park. Martha married her childhood sweetheart, Joe V. Moody of Minneola, and they moved to Dallas where Joe began his OB/GYN practice. They settled in Kessler Park and started their family. They enjoyed traveling, especially to New Orleans and abroad for medical conventions and family vacations. Joe and Martha remained devoted to one another until his death in 1968.
In Kessler Park, Martha was a much-loved leader of the neighborhood Bluebird/Campfire group and the last original member of the East Kessler Book Club. Most important to her was her role at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, where she was one of the congregation's oldest and earliest members. There she taught Sunday school for over 20 years, served on most committees and was a favorite among the congregation for her sincere friendship and lively conversation. In recent years Martha was honored for her steadfast devotion and longtime membership at KPUMC. Both her faith and her family were sources of great strength and pride. Up until her final days Martha remained a quick-witted conversationalist and a wonderful storyteller.
She was preceded in death by her good friend Mildred Harrel, her sister Flora Krochman, her brother Jack Kay, and her beloved husband Dr. Joe V. Moody. She is survived by her son Joe K. Moody and his wife Barbara, her daughter Susie Moody, her grandchildren Lisa Kay Moody Stankus, Jonas Maxwell Moody and Joe (Jay) William Moody, her great-grandchild Bailey Jane Stankus, her nieces and nephews Jacqueline Graveney, Ann Young, Rudolph Krochman, Kay Marks, Kay Andrews, John Richmond, Melissa Young, Melanie Corcoran, Emily Boyle and Linda English, and her devoted caretaker Yvette Favors. The family will receive visitors at Sparkman Hillcrest funeral home 6-8p, Aug 16. The memorial service will be 11:30a, Aug 17 at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, 1215 Turner Ave, Dallas TX 75208. Donations can be made in her name to KPUMC at the address above.
Tomato ala Duck
She pointed at the box of cherry tomatoes on the table and said "Duck!" (a word that, thanks to Make Way for Ducklings, means "that thing I really really like", be it a toy frog, a tiger at the zoo, or a cup of milk). "No," I said, "You may not have more tomatoes yet; there are still some pieces on your tray." Looking me dead in the eye, she picked the pieces up off the tray and put them on her head, then pointed at the box of tomatoes and said "DUCK!"
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