The Practice of Freedom
Drawing on the poetic wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, American sensei Wendy Palmer translates the powerful teachings of aikido for use in everyday life. With poignant reflections on her own life, including teaching inmates in a woman's federal prison, she describes how we can regain our sense of freedom, vitality, and integrity when under the duress of life's "attacks" by transforming our negativity into budo, or unconditional love.
The Practice of Freedom is invaluable not only for students of aikido and other movement and martial arts, but also for those who seek to live with confidence and self-reliance, to establish clear and compassionate boundaries, and to deepen their capacities for relationships.
"Aikido is the martial art for the twenty-first century. It teaches you how to live in harmony with your own body and spirit, with others, and with your environment. In this book, Wendy Palmer speaks of her quest to follow the Way of Harmony in all manner of circumstances, and tells of the many valuable and practical lessons that she has learned. Every person experiences aikido in a different way, and this is an inspiring account by a sincere and dedicated practitioner of this art." —John Stevens, author of The Philosophy of Aikido and The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba
"This is a valuable book, not just because of the information that it supplies, but because of the perspective that it offers. Wendy Palmer integrates the timeless wisdom of aikido into the modern art of living well in a fast-paced and complicated world. The Practice of Freedom is a book to be lived, not just read." —Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, author of Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life and Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times
"The Practice of Freedom is a wonderful teaching in embodied awareness. Wendy Palmer has a long experience with aikido and Buddhism, and she weaves together their timeless principles of attentiveness, openness, and compassion. This book moves the reader along toward a black belt in living." —Joseph Goldstein, author of Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom and Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation
"Wendy Palmer's book The Practice of Freedom could be titled The Practice of Virtue. It is a wise and eloquent guide to the good life." —George Leonard, author of Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment and The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei