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Sunday, June 25, 2006

the forward roll, the flower & the brick

at the aikido class, we do rolls, during which
we are momentarily in the air
slightly above the ground
and we land on our shoulders, softly,

now i'm just not able to do the forward rolls
i just freeze and become so nervous
that i flop on my back, clumsily,
i'm probably the only student
who is still unable to do the forward roll
the guys are giving me all types of tips & suggestions
but i am just not getting it!

today, the south african guy told me after class
'anu, you are stiff and exerting so much strength,
be relaxed and easy, you are NOT going to fall & hurt yourself'
he continued--
'think of the flower, even as it falls from such great heights
it lands so softly on the hard ground,
sometimes rocks, sometimes glass,
it is not scared as it flows with the energy of the universe
and the force of gravity, it knows it will be safe
but take a brick and drop it from two feet above the ground
the brick cracks so easily
the flower is relaxed and open and accepting (of even the fall)
while the brick resists

noone who has fallen from the great heights has ever hurt himself,
but the fear the falling and resistance to fall is what may hurt you

be the flower anu, not the brick!'


Blogger ozymandiaz said...

And flowers are much better at conversation.
Some wisdom takes little effort to understand yet is so often missed.
I miss them all of the time...;)

7:44 PM, June 25, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

so do i

7:49 PM, June 25, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

LOL Ozy, i just re-read your comment and i cannot stop laughing at this:

And flowers are much better at conversation.

You are so sweet, Ozy, HA!

8:07 PM, June 25, 2006  
Blogger the bare frame said...

splendid advice, to be sure. did it help?

8:28 PM, June 25, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

I'll keep practising it, till i learn them Mr Frame.

But the advice is helping irrespective of the physical practice. Becoz there are other falls in life which may have to be endured. And i want to be a flower there too :)

11:24 PM, June 25, 2006  
Blogger Steve said...

It is much better to fall,
then to remain suspended.

Maybe that is where the stiffness lies, anu:
being suspended...

"Just roll, baby, roll" :)

12:18 AM, June 26, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

Wow...yes i feel you're right, Steve. Thank you for your insights.

7:50 AM, June 26, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

Hi anu!
I am having the same problem after six months of rolling. They look okay from the outside, but I nearly always hurt myself. It is all because i am not relaxed. My teacher says "think of yourself as a big fluffy ball." Then I land with a thud. Not fluffy! Sometimes relaxing can be so difficult.

4:58 PM, June 27, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

So do i sweetie. I flop sideways and i just dont know how to get it right. Further i have developed a fear of falling from 2 feet above the ground LOL

Thank you for the fluffy ball example.

7:37 AM, June 28, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

Hey welcome back darling Beth:)

7:38 AM, June 28, 2006  

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