For the past 14+ years I have been on medication for both mental and physical conditions which, in all honesty did not do near enough to stabilize me. I then found Aikido (or Aikido found me?). A couple of weeks later (March 21st) I went to the doctor and shared my concerns about how the medication was making it more difficult to partake in the joy of strenuous training. The doctor thought that I might be able to try going off my medications and felt that there would be a good deal of “coping skills” to be learned through Zen meditation and training. Coping skills is an absurd understatement for what the Art of Peace can provide for someone.
I have now been medication free for two months. I am not bedridden due to back problems. My mind is clearer than ever before in my life. My emotions become more and more stable as training continues. Best of all, my spirit is alive! In summary, Aikido provides mental, physical, emotional and spiritual growth to the Aikidoka. It is Love in Action! A big thank you and I love you to O’Sensei for his insight in figuring out the puzzle and Sensei Landry for his loving kindness, patience, and commitment to the Art of Peace.