INTRODUCTION

Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. . . . For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart . . . and there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly.

—Don Juan, A Yaqui warrior, as told to Carlos Castaneda

Always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner.

—Morihei Ueshiba, founder of aikido

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There are many, many concepts from the martial art aikido I've incorporated into my life, and one of the most useful is the awareness that I am always giving and receiving ki—Japanese for “energy” or “life force.” I am giving and receiving whether I mean to or not. ...

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