Finding the best way to positively represent ourselves and others in whatever role we find ourselves can be difficult, particularly when our own way of looking at the world may be a little different from the norm. There are people who do this everyday, subtlely encouraging positive change.
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In both forces Gary had a broad range of experiences including patrol, the Criminal Investigation Department, Proactive Units, and Neighbourhood Policing. Gary is also responsible for schemes that are widely used in Cornwall including Street Reps and Speed Watch. Podcast: Play in new window Download. The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. Re: use of force and how this relates to buddhist ideals of non-violence…..
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Hi, Grateful. Thanks for the encouraging words, and I hope that you do find something helpful to you in a secular practice. You bring up a good point, it would be a good episode specifically on Aikido.
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Let me know if you have anyone specifically in mind that might be able to speak to that! Excellent idea. I finally got a chance to listen to this episode today and thought what he was doing was amazing. I wanted to check it out and add it to my article, but it seems his site no longer exists. Something like this needs to get going again!
You must be logged in to post a comment. Cultivating that power Jiriki  is the task of mind body training.
We never fully get to understand the complete picture intellectually, but we have an innate and in-built sensibility of it as part of our human heritage — our original face before our parents were born. It is an experience that, while stretching the security of the isolated ego to the maximum, it is also one that can help give birth to a more fully rounded and responsible agent of power who is at one with their own individuality, society and their environment.
In different ways, and using different techniques, the task of a teacher of Aikido or Budo  is fundamentally no different from that of a Zen teacher — helping others to live with heart. Food security is increasingly becoming an issue for many countries that cannot be resolved by increased production. Augmented production and massive over-consumption - particularly in developed countries - are part of the problem, not the solution. Are we really so disabled by our own desires, or just in a condition of disempowerment? As natural resources are depleted, vested interests battle to extract the last high-priced drop while the majority feel impotent and helpless.
The pace of change compels us to find reserves of a different order to replace our dependence on external sources.
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The future challenges us to explore who we are and the nature of power. The earth, too, tasks us to exert a more responsible stewardship. Should we fail to meet that responsibility, it may shrug us off with little more effort than a dog ridding its coat of excess water. In some senses, the challenges of the future are no different from the challenges of the past; they are different only in scale and urgency.
They are about understanding how best to use the power that is part of our heritage as human beings. For humanity this is an age old problem. First, though, we have to find and understand that power:. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle". This book is dedicated in love and gratitude to my wife and to the thousands of training partners in many different parts of the world that have helped contribute to my journey. At the beginning of the second half of the twentieth century the writing was on the wall for all to see. While the destructive force of war and the emergence of new political alliances highlighted the need for a new spirit of the age, it was to be an age marked by uncertainty.
As the new super powers surveyed their domains and the immense task of recovery ahead of them, they looked out at their powerful neighbours from behind a bristling barrage of weaponry that had the potential for mutual annihilation. Each beheld the other from an unsafe distance and an uneasy peace became the norm. The stage was thus set for much of the last century and continues on into the present one.
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Walls may have come down, but we are still prisoners of our own making and increased freedom has not led to a greater sense of responsibility or security. There are new and pressing complications that come as a result of past actions. The law of cause and effect is irrevocable. Throughout history humanity has faced similar situations. Whole civilisations have come and gone, leaving barely a trace behind.
But what is different about our modern age is the intense awareness we have of our condition, fuelled by a mass media that feeds without satisfying or nourishing. We are always hungry for more it would seem. The tail truly wags the dog. Our dilemma is that while we are highly informed about what is happening, we seem to be powerless to do anything about it.
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As we get smarter, we are not getting any wiser. The information super highway can be used to shape and control our choices by using the information we provide — often unwittingly - or channel destructive and harmful impulses into irrational behaviour.
The use of a smart phone may galvanise a mob into action, but a mob is never smart. More information does little to assuage the collective and individual anxiety that we experience running as an undercurrent through all of our lives. It could even be argued that it is anxiety that prompts us to buy a newspaper or switch on our information dispensers. More data and greater knowledge about the direction of travel does not appear to make the journey more satisfying. What we all too often fail to recognise is the source of the problem - ourselves. Even the prospect of the ultimate deterrent does not really deter.
Localised violence and the threat of terrorism cast a more immediate shadow that can impact on our lives without warning. Unresolved personal, domestic, international and global conflicts reappear down the line to bite us on the proverbial posterior. The many suffer at the hands of the few and we feel increasingly impotent and fatalistic.
We may have harnessed the power of the atom, but it has not left us with any more power. Perhaps we have been looking in the wrong direction, and the power that we really need is actually in front of our noses. Something is lacking, and we all know it. But where do we begin. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join.
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