Proper Distance – Lessons from Swords to Trigonometry

Proper Distance – Lessons from Swords to Trigonometry

As our world continues to change I hope you are well!  Here is what I’ve been thinking about…. The initial distance between people often determines the outcome of a martial arts interaction. In Aikido, we call it “proper distance” or “ma-ai.” Proper distance feels...
Fighting for Civility?  FIve Things To Do Instead.

Fighting for Civility? FIve Things To Do Instead.

Ever try to have a civil conversation with a person that has a different point of view and it turns into an argument or uglier? Do you know people you’d like to connect with around sensitive topics but you’re not sure quite how? Please Join Me, Karen...
Ahh…Yes!  The Best and Only Assumption to Make

Ahh…Yes! The Best and Only Assumption to Make

The best and only assumption you can make is: You don’t really understand other people, even if you think you know them well.   This applies to other races, cultures, genders, and big time to the people closest to you.  Any other assumption you make is likely...
Ahhh…Yes!  What Controls You?

Ahhh…Yes! What Controls You?

“Please control me,” said no one, ever.  Major disruption magnifies the feeling of being controlled, as it seems the outer world also wants to control, or consume, us.  Anything that has been an annoyance in ‘normal’ times is amplified.   Can you relate to any of...
Puzzle Pieces Everywhere!

Puzzle Pieces Everywhere!

I hope you and loved ones are well. Here is what’s on my mind lately…   Imagine: puzzle pieces falling everywhere when a jigsaw puzzle is thrown into the air. That is an image that comes to my mind when major disruption happens. Pieces get lost. Past...
Spirals are powerful – direct yours

Spirals are powerful – direct yours

Uncertainty and volatility trigger me to deepen my practice of Spiral Impact concepts rather than succumb to fear and anxiety. Spirals are incredibly powerful. When external forces push me to spiral down or out of control, I practice the keys of Spiral Impact, which...