The Practice of Freedom by Wendy Palmer
Aikido Principles as a Spiritual Guide

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In The Practice of Freedom, American sensei Wendy Palmer applies the basic principles of aikido to the conduct of everyday life. This fifth-degree black belt describes her own fascinating journey, one that includes caring for a mother with multiple sclerosis, teaching inmates in a women's federal prison, and the development her own method of meditation called Conscious Embodiment. In the process Palmer uses her many years of aikido practice to explore and respond to a simple but potent question: How? How can we maintain our vitality and integrity in times of stress? How do we transform our negativity into budo, or love? And how do we move from "stuckness" to freedom?

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Wendy Palmer developed Conscious Embodiment over 25 years ago. A sixth-degree black belt in aikido and chief instructor at Aikido of Tamalpais in Sausalito, CA, she is also the author of the "Intuitive Body "DVD. She lives in Marin, CA. Jack Kornfield, the bestselling author of several books, including "A Path with Heart" and "Buddha's Little Instruction Book, " is a founder of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Christina Feldman is the author of "Woman Awake" and, like Kornfield, is an internationally recognized Buddhist teacher who leads spiritual retreats around the world.
Published June 30, 2010 by Rodmell Press. 243 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Sports & Outdoors, Law & Philosophy, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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The book's most surprising feature is its lack of substantive references to aikido practice, aside from a few quotations from O-Sensei (aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba) and some very general allusions to aikido concepts such as blending and centeredness.

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