When you inhale your breath…

When you inhale your breath, this is not only about physically drawing in air: you are absorbing the entirety of everything that is in your hara.  And so you should feel that you are breathing in the ki of the original, creating kami. And this, if we are going to talk about our community and the world, is you, yourself, being absorbed into the natural universe, so that – as we say – you can purify and make bright our community and the world with the ki of the kami.

– – – O’Sensei,  Aiki-Shinzui,  p.14

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