self-defense for girls

If I ran the world … High school would feel like a sanctuary, not a warzone. The Internet would be full of good news, not gossip. Bullies would realize that making somebody else feel weak doesn’t make you strong. Victims would recognize that nobody can steal your power, unless you play along. Girls would look…

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Verbal Aikido Skills

I was hit repeatedly at an Aikido training over the weekend. And it was an honor. When I told a friend about this she said, “At the first hit, I’d be out of there. Off to get a latte and shopping for shoes.” Of course a part of me wanted out of there. The other part welcomed the opportunity to polish my spirit. As Rumi says, “Criticism polishes my mirror.” My work will be done when nothing can annoy, irritate, anger, or ruffle me. That is a long way off.

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