Aw, hey. Nicky’s spreading the word about my journal on his. Thanks, Nick! Do check him out, too– he’s one of the good ones– lots of creative and thought-provoking stuff here. And especially check out his Notes section.
Went to aikido practice last night. I’ve been going for two years now. One of the things I really love about our dojo (and there are many things) is our mentor system. My mentor has been away for the summer, but we converse from time to time over e-mail. He’s good about checking in, making sure I’m doing all right, asking me if I have any concerns about practice and my progress. I’m now at a level where I can become a mentor to others, too, and have two “mentees.” I find being a mentor rather amazing, since in this role, I discover I know a lot about aikido that I didn’t think I knew until I actually explain things.
My two mentees are a joy. They both picked me, and they’re both very enthusiastic, good-natured souls. I can learn as much from them in temperament as they can learn from me in technique.
I need to balance the physical with the mental in my daily life. I’m thinking of doing yoga– check back with me on this.