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On Peace

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In The Art of Peace, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of the popular Japanese martial art aikido, shares a collection of teachings that illustrates the real way of the warrior based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. Spirituality and Practice has called Morihei Ueshiba’s The Art of Peace “poetic and profound.”

  We’re delighted to share an excerpt from The Art of Peace here. 

The art of peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the art of peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your inner enlightenment, foster peace in your own life, and then apply the art to all that you encounter. One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the art of peace. Heaven is right where you are standing and that is the place to train. All things material and spiritual originate from one source and are related as if they were one family. The present, past, and future are all contained in the life force. The universe emerged and developed from one source and we evolved through the optimal process of unification and harmonization.

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Walking Meditation Helps You Live Spontaneously

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Walking Meditation Helps You Live Spontaneously Simply walking, just like eating raisins, can be a way to practice mindfulness and presence. The average person walks 2 to 5 miles a day. Yet how often are we unconscious while walking? We often zone out when we walk, thinking about our destination, dreams, and past conversations. Walking meditation means […]

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Alan Watts Profile

ALAN WATTS PROFILE East-West philosopher,  1915-1973 Interests: Mind-expansion, Zen Buddhism, Consciousness Evolution, Identity, Awakening Quote “We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” […]

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Philosophy Cafes: Cultivating Wisdom in Coffee Shops

 Philosophy Cafes: Cultivating Wisdom in Coffee Shops According to a Japan News article published this week, “philosophy cafes” are becoming more popular in coffee shops and community centers across Japan. A philosophy cafe is a discussion circle where a handful of people meet in order to deepen their existential understanding, wisdom, lifestyle, and beliefs. Typically, […]

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