Saturday, September 17, 2011

Weekend Wise Words

Be Smart! Be Brilliant!

I thought, since I wrote an article yesterday on Martial Arts and indicated my adhereance to Aikido, perhaps I should put some quotes out for the weekend by O'Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba.
O'Sensei of Aikido
All the principles of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is truth, and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together. 

As soon as you concern yourself with the 'good' and 'bad' of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you. 

Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer. 

Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit - love. 

Economy is the basis of society. When the economy is stable, society develops. The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material, and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love. 

Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something. 

When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way. 

Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love. 

Opponents confront us continually, but actually there is no opponent there. Enter deeply into an attack and neutralize it as you draw that misdirected force into your own sphere. 

To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury in the Art of Peace. 

Your spirit is the true shield. 

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