What the ‘Aikido’ philosophy teaches us about creativity and courage
Alex Mathers

Thank you for writing about a martial arts master who was clearly successful in teaching how to refine and discipline the mind.

We talk and write a great deal about mindfulness, often in the context of meditation or social awareness, but also often in the context of business or even a more holistic approach to living. Teachers like Lao Tzu are anchored in truth, yet they are confined to the mists of the past. Ueshiba, and his leading student Koichi Tohei are far more contemporary, which in a sense helps make them even more relevant. Tohei, for example, was known for taking Ueshiba’s teachings and explaining them in a way that was more decipherable or accessible. And that’s an important point, to me.