There is no end in sight. Accept it.
Life is a continuum and it never ends, our life may ‘end’ when we die, in perception, but in reality everything goes on. Our bodies will rot and return to the ground, the sun will still rise and the Earth will continue to go round and round.
Well, then that really makes our life insignificant doesn’t it? If that is you, thinking how not to fade into oblivion, with make one last bang for the buck, well, your ego is in vain.
The skills we learn in Aikido exposes us to the infinity and indefiniteness of life. Before our uke commences the ‘attack’, we need to see that our Uke has come a long way, he or she was perhaps in a bus before he/she came to the dojo, and before the bus ride, he/she could be attending to the role of a nurse, or whatever our uke does for a living. And to expand that further and beyond, our uke’s parents’ our uke’s parents’ parents. It doesn’t end, the past continues, just as the future will continue. It is one long line of time and it will continue to roll on mercilessly. Well, I’m not known to speak kindly.
That is the past, what about the impending future?
The future presents a problem when we become fixated at a specific part of the future and expects it to presents itself predictably in the present. When we look at the bus schedule and expects the bus to be on time, and when it doesn’t everything get’s screwed up, we end up late for class, and the value of punctuality impinges on our psyche. Our impending future somehow becomes a less pleasant present.
The future, paradoxically needs to be handled in a course; a flow. There is no stoppages. When we think of stoppages, we get stopped. At no point in time, past, present or future, does a point in time appears. there is no point in time, anytime.
O sensei understands this in his representation of Aikido. That is why Aikido techniques look so ‘flowy’ and smooth. It is and should be an exact representation of time. Time never stops, our uke will never stop, not even when we are dead. Our technique never begins and it never ends, and we have all been practicing Aikido long before we were born and Aikido will continue to exist long after we are all dead.