One must make the Warrior Walk

his everyday walk

Miyamoto Musashi / Master of Japanese Swordsman

Staying centred when moving

People handle conflict in different ways.

To better deal with conflict in our lives we need to understand who we are, and how we deal with conflict situations.

People are the Same

There is a gap between stimulus and response and the key to both our growth and happiness lies in how we use that space.  [from The 7 Habits of  Highly Effective People by author Steven Covey]

How well we succeed at dealing with conflict depends on whether we choose to react or respond.

Our bodies are genetically wired to react in a preprogrammed survival mode to threats or stresses. Medical research has uncovered the physical design of the human body and its reaction to stressors through the mediation of the autonomic and sympathetic nervous systems.

We call this the Flight or Fight syndrome. Its what can get us out of the way or into trouble.

This is described as our “emotional intelligence”. The ability to respond appropriately to any stressful situation.

How a person deals with a stressful or confronting situation is a combination of their Temperament and Training. The skill of staying centred and calm when in conflict can only be learnt experientially (not academically) because our reaction to conflict is physiological.

Warriors who faced the greatest stress, the threat of dying in battle understood this. Over centuries, they studied the techniques of finding equanimity in conflict.  AiKiDo is the Japanese martial art that provides, knowledge of our difference, understanding of our similarities and experience of the application of principles of energetic interaction based on personal energy styles, the Warrior’s Way of Harmony.