“You can’t blame gravity for falling in love!” – Albert Einstein
Hiro pointed out to me in todays practice, how i tend to “vocalise”, sing,
yell, “kiai” when falling out of balance. I was intrigued by this
I reflected that I experience relief / joy in those moments.
Micheal raised the parallel of “petit mort” the little death.
I remembered that much of my early attraction to aikido was falling. Much of
my dissapointment in judo was the tendency to resist falling. As a child i was extremely interested in the stuntmen and women who fall for a living.
In the zen training I did, there seemed to be a strong theme of falling. I
remember a story told by my teacher Myokioni (who died recently). She told
of the person hanging on a cliff-face holding onto a root. Above, hungry
tigers prowl – below, an abyss. The person sees a wild strawberry growing out of the rock face
and , reaching out to taste, lets go of the root…