Monthly Archives: March 2015

True Emptiness

“If you have not Linked yourself To true emptiness, You will never understand The Art of Peace.” ~O’Sensei, The Art of Peace I’ve been contemplating what the phrase “linked yourself to true emptiness” means in this poem, at least in … Continue reading

Posted in Aikido, life | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Unn the Deep-Minded

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I want to make mention of one of my favorite Viking women—Unn the Deep-Minded. Unn’s story is told in the Laxdaela Saga, one of the Sagas of the Icelanders, stories written down in the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, History, Norse, Stories, Vikings | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Lovely Sif

It’s Thorsday, but instead of a story about Thor, here’s one about Sif, his lovely wife. Sif had gorgeous, long, golden hair. Of course, the trickster god Loki had to mess with it! Loki cut off Sif’s golden locks as … Continue reading

Posted in Mythology, Norse, Vikings | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ukemi, Posture, and Life

Posture…something I’ve been thinking about again. This week during Aikido class, I watched people do ukemi. Ukemi (oo-KEH-mee) is what we’re doing when we fall or roll or get taken down into a pin. It is also the initial attack … Continue reading

Posted in Aikido | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments