Yesterday evening, I went over to the dojo to help a fellow aikidoist with his upcoming 2nd-kyu test that he will be taking this weekend at summer camp. I ended up also watching a class from the sidelines, and found myself itching to get back on the mat and practice again. I could barely keep myself sitting on the bench, my body twisting and turning, mimicking the movements of those practicing.
After class, I went around to the people who are testing at camp, and wished them well. They will be testing for brown belts, first-level black belts. I’ve seen them practice for several years, and I know they will do wonderfully.
I am undergoing physical therapy for my ankles right now. I’m doing strength/resistance exercises and balance and flexibility training. In addition, I am practicing circle walking— learning to shift my weight, heel to toe, the body in alignment, moving as a whole.
Trying to rebuild my confidence. I feel the tingling of fear in the soles of my feet. Concentrating on my center steadies me. I will return to practice soon, but I mustn’t rush into it.
Right now, I find I am restless without my weekly routine of aikido. I’m thinking of starting some endurance bicycle training. That’ll be the next big thing.
In other news: another trip to CT coming up, and eagerly awaiting the Half-Blood Prince. Oh, and possibly another big thing to come– stay tuned.