Developing an identity is what defines who we are. “My Walk on the Aikido Path” by Rachel Kling is an enthralling journey of healing, self-discovery and complete understanding of herself. To bridge the gap between finding complete happiness and reaching the top, this book is the vehicle for aspiration, connection and compassion.
The author made valid points about healing. Aikido as an art is authentic. Like most genuine practices, it brings satisfaction and cast out doubt. It teaches us that the quality of our lives is bound up with the quality of our relationships and that we exist in relation to others.
I find this book interesting because it gives me an insight into how I should react to situations because our choices impart the entire human community. “Rather than fight, or try to harm the aggressor, nage creates an opportunity to choose connection over contention.”
Aikido is all about relationships, connections, compassion, protection, peace, harmony and love. When we choose to practice Aikido, we choose to practice these principles.
Rachel Kling is a lifelong writer, an Aikido practitioner of 20 years, and began her career as a psychotherapist when she graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a clinical psychology degree in 2016. She has a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
She received her black belt in aikido in 2011, and has a daily practice of misogi, a form of spiritual purification. Her practice of misogi jo, helps her to connect with nature and her own spirituality, open her heart, clear her mind, and live in the world in an empowered way.
My Walk on the Aikido Path is a must read for those who intend to secure victory for humanity. To accept good advice is but to increase one’s own ability.
“Everything we do, every choice we make, can set us further along the path of self-discovery and healing and has far-reaching consequences we may never anticipate or even realize.”
Reviewed by Omoruyi Uwuigiaren.