A. Improve your position: Change how you think!
#1. Talking about a path is not the same as walking that path. Walk the talk!
#2. You must start to eat primarily to improve your health; enjoyment of your food is a byproduct.
#3. Pay constant attention to how you feel.
#4. Be aware of your surroundings.
B. Have clarity of thought: Most thoughts come to you from outside of your body.
#1. We have need of mental exercises to keep the mind sharp.
#2. All assaults take a toll on the body, however most people do not realize that they are being assaulted dozens of times during the day. We have become a nation of hypochondriacs preyed on by the pharmaceutical and television industries. We are bombarded by mis-information and inuendo all day long by the news media to the point where there is almost no independantly critical thought.
#3. Many worry and pay much attention to what (may) happen to the exclusion of what is happening NOW. Now don’t get me wrong, it is still possible to prepare for the future, just don’t live there.
#4. Relax. Enjoy your surroundings. Practice calmness. Slow your breathing.
#5. Seek a harmonious ear. But first develop a harmonious mouth and tongue.
$6. Self-evaluate. When you practice Aikido technique focus not so much on
uke, focus on your own body. Exam whether or not you are working your body as efficiently as possible as you take uke’s balance.
All these suggestions will help you to improve your position in life as well as on the mat.