Newton’s first law of motion is one we have all heard; ” A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force”. We human beings, being of the natural world, obey this law as well. The momentum of our lives carries us forward, regardless if we truly want to go in that direction. As the New Year begins again, we reflect on our choices, and build up our “outside force” to get ourselves moving in the direction we want to go.
An amendment to Newton’s rule I would like to propose is; ” A body in Aikido tends to stay in Aikido, unless acted upon by a life circumstance”. What does this mean? It means that the time you took off for family and friends over the holidays, makes it that much harder to get moving, to get going back to class. It means the longer you stay away from class (“I’ll go next week”), the more likely you are to never come back. It’s not good, bad, or indifferent. It’s just Physics.
Most of us got into Aikido for the healthy benefits to our lives; the stress relief, the physical activity, the mental clarity, the spiritual cleansing. Even though these excellent reasons, we still get “distracted”, and we let more urgent (and less important) life events get in the way. With the best of intentions, we promise ourselves that we will get back to class. Then a day becomes a week, becomes a month, becomes a year . . . .
Now here is the good news. You can also use Newtons law to your advantage! Build up your “outside force”, and go to class until it becomes routine. Once it has become routine, you will stop fretting over whether you “need” to go. Do you think about not brushing your teeth or making coffee in the morning, because you got distracted? Rarely. These behaviors are routine.
Start the New Year off right, by continuing to do what you know is good for yourself. In order to be strong for your loved ones, you must start by taking care of yourself. If Aikido was part of your lie, and it was good for you, get back to class now! If Aikido was something you always wanted to do as something good for yourself, get to class and plant yourself there. You won’t regret it.