Aikido training in Japan

It’s all just relaxing

 

In aikido we learn to relax in movement.

In kyudo we learn to relax while doing something impossible.

In zazen we learn to relax while being human.

It’s all just different kinds of relaxing, and all you have to do is just … relax.

But you can’t “just relax”. I went to onsen today, and I didn’t have anything to do. There was nothing directly in the world that I could say was interfering with my relaxing, and I was arguably in the most relax-easy place in the world. Yet, I was still holding my body instead of letting it go as I’ve experienced before, and I had something in my mind I couldn’t let go of, but it wasn’t anything in particular.

You have to practice “just relaxing”, but while doing something else. I think “just relaxing” in its essence is sleeping. But when we’re awake and we want to relax, we are essentially doing something as well, right? Even if we’re sitting there just thinking. It’s not “just relaxing”, but relaxing while doing something else.

Why can’t we “just relax”?

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3 thoughts on “It’s all just relaxing

  1. Thanks for the comments!

    Yoga has definitely produced some of my most relaxed states, surprised I haven't done more.

    I often write between different things I have to do in time crunches and that's not relaxing at all, just cathartic. BUT, if only I wrote when I really didn't have anything else to do … THEN … it would be relaxing I think. That's it!

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