An Example of Aikido in Everyday Life
This was one of those opportune moments where you realize, as O-Sensei said, aikido is a natural art. Everything can be aikido. I haven't got to the point where EVERYTHING is aiki, but I am trying to make all my movements natural. Ever time I'm doing any sort of movement, I try to be conscious of any awkwardness or resistance to natural motion. Here is an example I remember from my high school physics class. Sit on a chair or something, and swing your legs. You can feel a natural rhythm to your leg swings. Now try to increase the frequency of your leg swings. Not the amplitude, i.e. height, but the speed... It is hard. That's because the mass and length of your leg gives it a natural motion. Going against that nature requires more effort than it's worth.
I mention this because my life has not enabled me to go to the dojo as much as I'd like to right now. But, I can still practice the ideas and physical philosophy of aikido where ever I am. Again to quote O-Sensei: "Make the world your dojo."