– – – by Kimbal Anderson Sensei
I was reading, today, some dialogues with a generation of teachers that came before us, and they were talking about time. About how aikido is based on a sense of time that comes from living with the habits of Great Nature.
And this is not about living some Romantic-era, balmy utopia. It’s about familiarizing yourself with something. And at one time, competence in this was considered to be very important.
So. You are learning to familiarize yourself with the habits of Great Nature.
Nature has habits.
That’s why, for instance, there used to be clock gardens where they planted different plants, that would open at certain times of day… so, you know, it was really nice when they discovered Peru, because now you could have a “4 o’clock” …