Aikido meditation techniques will help you develop your skills to a whole new level. You can remove negative feelings and become more relaxed by appreciating the world as it really is.
Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, would meditate several times a day, from minutes to several hours at a time. Also many of Morihei's top students were known to practise Aikido meditation and Aikido breathing.
It is great to learn physical techniques, but eventually you will want to increase your abilities. For example the more you are able to relax and focus your mind the better your Aikido performance will be.
So, what are some of the best Aikido meditation techniques?
Well, it really depends on your individual preferences, and your previous life experiences. You may just want a quick way to relax your mind and body, or you may want to go deeper to develop spiritually.
Anyway, here I will give you a few of the methods, I personally use, to retreat to silence and peace. After all it is good to look inwards on a regular basis, rather than outwards all of the time.
I will give you 3 aikido meditation techniques, that you may like to use, to experience positive effects. I recommend you take the time to practise on a daily basis... for at least 20 minutes.
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You can perform aikido meditation techniques in a variety of postures...
1 - Kneeling, with a two fist gap between the knees, hands placed lightly on your thighs with fingers pointing downwards. Straighten your spine, and relax downwards, with mind on one point in the lower belly.
2 - Cross-legged, with your hands resting on your inner thighs, thumbs and fingers lightly pressed together, spine straight, and relax downwards, with mind on one point in lower belly.
3 - If you cannot manage one of the other methods then a straight back chair will do. Also with the hands lightly on your thighs, feet flat on the floor, spine straight, relax downwards, mind on one point in lower belly.
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You may want to try the following method...
comfortable in your choice of posture. Keep your back straight, relax
completely and put your mind on your one point ( in your lower belly)
Close your eyes gently, open your mouth slightly and start to exhale calmly, using your diaphragm, by pulling your belly in. Imagine the whole breath coming out slowly for about 15-20 seconds.
calmly for a few seconds.
Then, close your mouth and begin to inhale calmly, through your nose in a smooth, relaxed way for about 15-20 seconds. Use your diaphragm, by pushing your belly out.
Then wait a few seconds before beginning the next cycle.
The total length of the Aikido breathing cycle is about 45 seconds. Repeat as required until you can do this naturally.
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you have chosen your posture and used to the first method, then you may want to try the
following advanced Aikido meditation.
Seated - Practise the Aikido meditation breathing technique for few minutes. Then, with eyes closed, use your imagination to create an image in your mind. 'See' powerful life energy filling your being as you breathe in, and imagine giving it back to the universe as you breathe out.
give this energy a vibrant colour, and feel it flowing in, through, and extended out from your mind and body.
Now, imagine yourself in your ideal dojo, performing your Aikido techniques perfectly. Whatever attack comes, you are able to deal with it easily, in a soft flowing way. Create vivid detail, add people, colour, sound, and get into how it makes you feel, to be successful.
NB. I recommend this daily, for a few weeks before your grading test!
Dojo - Now take these skills into a dojo setting. Unfortunately in many dojo's, the other students are very sociable and want to talk about all sorts of things, before, during, and after practise.
Ignore it all, and keep quiet,
without being rude. Breathe deeply and focus on Aikido, before during
and after training. While you are on the mat, keep quiet, focus on your training.
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Kotodama is the art of chanting a sound spirit. You can use the complex Aikido kototama, as taught by John Stevens Sensei, Or a more simplified version, which I use myself...
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This type of Aikido meditation technique using sound can have a profound effect on you. Of course, using sound allows you to monitor the smoothness of your breathing pattern. You will hear any imperfections as you perform it, and can work on correcting them.
During your chanting, you can also visualise your ideal life. The more feeling and detail you give it, the more likely you are to manifest it.
Imagine and feel the end
result as if you have already achieved your goal. How does it make you
feel... with a smile on your face, of course :)
The following is an article written by Master Koichi Tohei on Ki breathing technique, great Aikido Meditation Technique. I hope YOU find it useful!
Ki O Dashite Haku (Ki Breathing)
Aikido Meditation Technique by
Kneel in seiza. The weight of your body should be concentrated in the one point. Relax your upper body and be at ease. Keep your eyes closed.
Quietly exhale a long breath. Open the mouth and make the sound “ha” as you exhale. The sound must be a clear, long one. With practice this breath lasts for thirty seconds.
When you think that you have exhaled enough, incline your upper body slightly forward and force out one last breath. Do not lose the one point.
Wait a second or two, close your mouth and keeping this inclined posture begin inhaling through your nose into the bottom of your abdomen. The lungs should inflate from the bottom up to the top.
If you inhale directly into the
top of your chest you will be unable to inhale fully. From beginning to
end, the inhalation can last, with practice, about twenty five
seconds. When you think you have inhaled all you can, draw in one last
When you inhale into the “back of your head” you will naturally draw yourself up slightly. Return to the original position so that your weight is again located in the one point. If you do not keep the one point it will be too painful for you to hold your breath in for the next ten seconds.
Concentrate your breath on the one point. When ten seconds have elapsed, draw yourself up slightly and open your mouth, and quietly begin to exhale.
Repeat this breathing exercise any number of times. The best habit is to practice fifteen minutes after getting up in the morning and fifteen minutes just before sleeping. With practice the process of inhalation and exhalation should take more that a minute.
With constant practice you will reach the stage where your breathing will be long and calm and comfortable right from the start. You will then have forgotten your own body and will have entered into a world of nothing but breathing. You will feel as if it is the universe, and not yourself, that is doing the breathing.
Finally you will come to comprehend yourself as part of the universe.