Meditation has been the core spiritual practice throughout human history. In fact, Aikido began with a profound awakening that was triggered by O Sensei's deep commitment to the spiritual path. Meditation is the spiritual depth from which O Sensei's creative genius emerged. It is the very source of the art we all know and love as Aikido.

However, over time the potential of awakening through Aikido has been largely lost. These days spirituality in Aikido has been reduced to a vaguely defined esoteric idea that is out of reach of the average person. 

The fact is, Aikido’s rich spiritual potential is all too often reduced to the material dimensions of technical training, self defense and martial arts. It is true that the technical and martial aspects of the art are amazing. But was this O Sensei's mission for Aikido in the world? Did you ever wonder what happened to Aikido as one of humanities sacred awakening traditions?

Has Aikido as a spiritual path been completely lost?

 

 

What if Meditation is the key to unlocking the spiritual depth... in your Aikido... and your life?

Spiritual traditions have used the practice of meditation as a technology for awakening throughout millennia. But chances are that you've accepted the common assumption that awakening in Aikido is either impossible, or simply out of our reach. An exception for a rare few, and only then after years of committed practice. 

But the fact is that awakening to your deepest spiritual nature has been the liberating goal of all meditation traditions, including Aikido. Traditions which are in clear and unanimous agreement in their declaration that:

Spiritual awakening IS possible for you to attain in this very life.

True awakening can never be attained as long as you consider it to be an out of reach mystical secret. Could it be possible to awaken the Spiritual Unity of O Sensei's Aikido... here and now? Could Aikido be a higher path of attaining wisdom, compassion and creativity? 

Now thanks to meditation teacher and Aikido sensei Miles Kessler all of this is about to change.
 
The empowering claim of "Meditation For Aikidoka" is that Aikido is an authentic... and accessible... spiritual path.

Let's be clear. Aikido is an authentic spiritual path that deserves a place as one of humanities sacred spiritual traditions. Surely you have experienced:

  • The LIBERATING ONENESS in Aikido where you are so deeply centered in the moment that past and future fall away into the timeless NOW.
  • The UNIVERSAL FLOW of blending effortlessly and moving in perfect harmony with your partners energy free of any personal agenda.
  • The INTUITIVE WISDOM of responding perfectly and appropriately to the other's actions while being in the right place... at the right time... in the right way.

And yet, the chances are that you believe the common assumption that the spiritual wisdom at the core of Aikido is only accessible after years of austere training, and only for a rare few.

Now thanks to the pioneering efforts of meditation teacher and Aikido Sensei Miles Kessler  this is about to change.

Miles is calling this course “Meditation For Aikidoka” and it is transforming every assumption about Aikido and spirituality you have ever had. 

"Meditation For Aikidoka" Will Give You Direct Access To The Spiritual Wisdom Of Aikido... Any time, In Any Place, And Under Any Circumstances.

"Meditation For Aikidoka" is a groundbreaking course that will empower you to awaken the wisdom and compassion at the core of the art of Aikido. When you join "Meditation For Aikidoka" you will get straight forward guidance, simple meditation practices and Aikido exercises that are easy to understand and in  plain english. Through the course of this program you will immediately see your capacity for deep empathy, connection and creativity increase and directly impact both your Aikido, and your life.

Now the secrets to the art are available to you and the best thing about "Meditation For Aikidoka" is that it doesn’t take decades to awaken. Instead of spending years of endless technical repetition, you will immediately begin experiencing the spiritual heart of Aikido, the fundamental core of your Being.

All you need to do to unlock your own spiritual potential is to learn the spiritual practices and principles that enable you to awaken Aikido's liberating wisdom any place and any time. 


Once you discover the liberating potential of
"Meditation For Aikidoka" your Aikido, and your Life may never be the same.
INTRODUCING

Meditation For Aikidoka

An 8-Week Online Meditation Course with
Integral Dojo Founder Miles Kessler

We’re excited to announce that, starting Nov. 27th, 2016 for the first time ever, the online course "Meditation For Aikidoka" will be available to the global Aikido community. Meditation teacher and Aikido sensei Miles Kessler will be offering a comprehensive step-by-step program to teach you the practice of Meditation that will unlock spiritual awakening in your Aikido practice, and your life.

Over 8 consecutive weeks, from the privacy and comfort of your own home, you’ll learn the powerful, effective and life-changing meditation practice that has already impacted the lives of many people around the world.

Letter From Miles Kessler

Hello All,

I'm excited to announce that for first time ever I will be offering a comprehensive 8-week on line program to teach you the practice of "Meditation For Aikidoka".

I have been teaching both Aikido and meditation for over 20 years and even though these two disciplines do have the same spiritual core... all to often they are not connected.

On my own spiritual path I have had the honor of deep learning from some of the greatest masters in both the Aikido and Buddhist meditation traditions. Together with their invaluable guidance I have also had the great privilege of being in spiritual friendship with a global community of teachers and researchers who are tirelessly working to evolve Aikido and meditation in a way that meets the needs of life in the 21st century.

Both in my teaching travels and here at home, I am regularly approached by students who long to bring together the spiritual wisdom of Aikido and of meditation. It is with this clear communal need that I have developed this course... just for you.

Over 8 consecutive weeks, together with our global practice community you will learn the potent, life-changing meditation practice that has already transformed the lives of many.

I hope that you will join me in this spiritual journey of awakening through the practice of "Meditation For Aikidoka"

With Love,

Miles

What Course Participants Are Saying

"Miles is a modest and precious teacher who creates an atmosphere that is very pleasant and special. He provides practical tools that helped me to integrate the teachings in daily life and better contain the challenges of a long day."

Micha, Israel

"The Integral Dojo's on-line courses helped me start a process that is still with me. Waking up has been a big challenge and these courses create a beautiful container of support with great compassion and curiosity. A life changing experience!"

Danni, Denmark

"The encounter with Miles as a teacher and with the practice itself was both powerful and accurate from the first moment. I found a very high level practice space with an ability to relate to people in different stages of the way and a good balance between traditional ways and modern life. Anyone seeking for a place to learn and grow in a sincere manner can find it here."

Efrat, Israel

"Miles is an excellent facilitator. He clearly directs the inquiry without imposing expectations; he invites, guides, and organizes discussions with openness, acceptance and grace. Miles brings a natural and purposeful leadership to the group process that is skillfully supportive. He encourages us to awaken deeper into connection with ourselves, and with each other."

Craig, USA

"Miles is a great teacher! He has a superb ability to transmit the essence of the teachings, help align each student with the practice, and stay sensitive to each of their individualities. These courses help me gain the highest well being for myself and the people I love."

Alex, Israel

"It really opens me up to work with people in the way Miles teaches. The group experience and the connection is amazing, everyone puts in so much and I thank Miles for taking that energy and reflecting it back on us!"

Chiara, Germany

What You Will Learn

Module One: SHOSHIN - Aikido & The Beginners Mind

Self discovery always begins with the unknown, curiosity and the simple question of "Who am I?"  SHOSHIN means "beginner's mind" and it is the fundamental attitude of every seeker of self discovery. It is an attitude that is essential for the beginning of your journey, but also for each and every step on the Path of higher wisdom.  

What you will learn in this module: 

  • The empowering practice of intention.
  • What is the practice of "MINDFULNESS."
  • Coming home - centering in body, centering in mind.
  • The beginner's mind discovery cycle.
Module Two: MASAKATSU AGATSU - Victory Over One's Self

Perhaps the most empowering  injunction that O Sensei's left to us was "Masakatsu Agatsu", or "true victory is victory over oneself". What ever external challenges you may face they are nothing compared to the internal challenges of your own mind. Walking a higher Path of development means to face, work with, and integrate you own limitations. It is the battle cry for the Spiritual Warrior.

What you will learn in this module:

  • Embracing conflict as a higher Path.
  • Inner "awase" - learning to blend with difficult mental and emotional states.
  • The practice of "It's never their fault."
  • Stop the inner war with self, and stop the outer war with other. 

Module Three: MISOGI - Purification Of The Mind

Most likely you believe that you are in control of your mind. However, at least sometimes it's probably the other way around. You don't have thoughts such as blame, judgment, fear, desire and hatred. But rather, these thoughts have you. By purifying the mind through meditation these negative mental states and emotions will gradually become replaced by more positive states of being.

What you will learn in this module:

  • Mindfulness as the basic Path of purification.
  • The practice of radical acceptance.
  • How self acceptance leads to self transcendence.
  • Negativity is velcro for the mind, positivity is teflon for the mind.

Module Four: ZANSHIN - Sustained Mindfulness

The unconscious mind is constantly ruminating on the past, and being concerned  about the future. This can have practical benefits, but it also removes you from the present moment. Zanshin literally means "remaining mind" and it is the state of sustaining your awareness in the here and now. True Aikido, whether in the dojo or in life, can only happen when we meet each moment fresh and new.

What you will learn in this module:

  • Establishing The Foundations Of Mindfulness
  • The initial application of  the mind & sustained application of the mind.
  • Process oriented consciousness with self, and with others.
  • A sense of urgency - the practice of nothing to do, and no time to waist.

Module Five: MUSHIN -Aikido And No Mind

We all see the world through rose colored glasses. The conceptual lenses of our education, our culture and our personal beliefs. Mushin means "No Mind" and it is the state of emptiness where all concepts drop away and you have a direct experience of reality. O Sensei said "To understand Aiki you must first understand emptiness." Mushin is the classic state to be attained to by the Spiritual Warrior.  

What you will learn in this module:

  •  The relationship between "AIKI" and "Emptiness".
  • What does it mean when fear drops away.
  • No self, no problem - no other, no fear.
  • "Kamae" - the inner stance of the mind.

Module Six: FUDOMYO - Aikido And The Immovable Mind

Change is the universal state of all phenomena. Your body and mind are in constant flux and flow, never coming to complete rest. And yet paradoxically,  resting as a pure witness of all that is changing is a capacity you can develop. "Fudomyo" is the mind that does not move. Rest as the unshakable witness in pure consciousness, you will discover what it truly means to go beyond fear. 

 What you will learn in this module: 

  • Dissolving self and going beyond fear.
  • The empowering practice of impersonality.
  • "Inner ukemi" - The practice of holding center & letting go
  • How falling apart is the requirement for becoming unshakable.

Module Seven: DAISHIN - Big Mind, Big Heart & Aikido

If the meditative state of "No Mind" dissolves all into emptiness, then the state of "Big Mind" embraces all in Oneness. Remaining limited in the dualistic view of self and other is a closed loop from which you can never escape the cycle of fear and Conflict. Making the shift into the state of Big Mind will give you the liberating perspective where self and other truly come together as One.

What you will learn in this module:

  • Discovering The Unborn in Aikido.
  • Polarity and Unity in Aikido.
  • "Uchu soku ware" - The Universe and I are One.
  • The mind of wisdom and the heart of compassion in Aikido

Module Eight: TAKEMUSU AIKI - Harmony Created From Conflict

Takemusu Aiki  is the highest expression of Aikido. It is the tantric practice that merges the absolute and the relative together as one Path. With Emptiness & Oneness as the ground of being you radically embrace reality. By bringing together  the duality of conflict and harmony true creativity becomes possible. The dance of conflict & harmony is the evolutionary unfolding of Aikido.  

What you will learn in this module:  

  • Embracing conflict as Path.
  • When you get out of the way, Aikido happens.
  • Creativity IS the source of Aikido.
  • How to activate of your higher intelligence.

About Miles Kessler

Miles Kessler Sensei is an American teacher of Aikido (6th Dan), meditation, and Integral Practice. He lived in Asia for over 12 years achieving mastery in both Aikido and meditation.

Miles studied Aikido full time at the famous Iwama dojo with the late Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th dan Aikikai), including one year as a live-in apprentence (uchi deshi). 

After leaving Japan Miles spent a total of 3 years on intensive Vipassana meditation retreats. He practiced under the guidance of the renowned Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita in Burma, and Sayadaw U Vivekananda in Lumbini, Nepal. It was under their close guidance that Miles finished his formal meditation training in the Mahasi tradition in 2006. 

 Miles holds lineage in both the Iwama tradition of Aikido, and the Mahasi tradition of Vipassana meditation. This dual lineage is a rare accomplishment, making Miles a unique gift among western teachers.

Miles has been teaching internationally and guiding individuals and groups in developmental and transformational work for the past 20 years.

Miles has lived in Israel since 2006, where he is the guiding teacher of the Integral Dojo - Tel Aviv, a center for Aikido, Dharma, and Integral Practice. 

Here’s What Some of Today’s Leading Teachers Have to Say About Miles

Diane Musho Hamilton - Zen Sensei, Integral Facilatator, Author Of "The Zen Of You And Me"

“Miles Kessler is a rare kind of teacher. He has cultivated deep meditative discipline, he is a fully embodied Aikido master, and most importantly, his heart is wide open. You can't help but grow in his company."

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD - 7th dan Aikido Sensei, Executive Leadership Coach, Author

"A bow of acknowledgement to Miles for creating the Virtual Dojo. If Aikido is going to have a part to play in this rapidly changing world, then we need Virtual Dojos to bring us together to share, collaborate and practice musubi. With this work Miles is helping us move towards leaving the world a better place.”

Paul Linden Sensei, Ph.D - 6th Dan Aikido Teacher, Founder Of "Being In Movement"

"It is said that a teacher is like a bell. The sound you get depends on how you ring the bell. Miles has a subtle skill of asking the right questions that get to the essence of thinngs"

Linda Holiday Sensei - 6th Dan Aikido Teacher, Author, Director of Aikido Santa Cruz

“Miles’ teaching resonates with clarity and truth. You get a sense that his mind, heart and body are all in alignment as he speaks. His sincerity and humility make what he offers even more accessible and valuable.”

Mark Walsh - Coach in “Embodied Business”, “Leadership Training”, Director of Integration Training

“Miles is one of the wisest and most human facilitators I know. I love him dearly and respect his work."

Richard Moon Sensei - 6th dan Aikido Sensei, Author, & Leadership Coach

“O Sensei said 'Yesterday’s technique won’t be good enough today; and today’s technique won’t be good enough tomorrow.' Miles exemplifies the spirit of exploration, continually challenging the knowledge he has acquired.”

Patrick Cassidy - 6th Dan Aikido Sensei, Meditation Teacher, Conflict Resolution Trainer

"Miles' spiritual insight, understanding of the Integral perspective, and embodiment of the principles of Aikido make him an rare facilitator and teacher. His unique capacity to share directly with others is an inspiring vision of human transformation.”

What You'll Receive!

Eight 90 min. Course Sessions w/ Miles

These recorded teaching sessions are the heart of our course experience. With each module Miles will guide you through the "Mediation For Aikidoka" course, combining Dharma Talks, guided meditations, Dharma Discussion breakout sessions, and a clarifying Q&A session with the course participants at the end of each call. 

Four Recorded Community Q&A Calls w/ Miles

These recorded community Q&A calls are the perfect opportunity to explore your meditation in a group setting. Miles will guide you in fine tuning and clarifying your practice, as well as help you overcome any challenges you're encountering. Group coaching with Miles is a powerful process where you have the opportunity to share your practice, or simply benefit by learning from the experiences of others. These calls are the perfect way to tap into the collective intelligence of the global sangha.

Eight Weekly Guided Meditation Downloads w/ Miles

Each week you will receive a 30-minute recorded guided meditation audio to listen to throughout the week. Created exclusively for this course, these guided meditation audios will support your practice by anchoring you in the theme of each week’s module. These "meditation downloads" are a powerful catalyst for awakening in your daily life through out the week. They will be available to you for listening to on line, or to download the audio file for portable listening.

Personal Practice Worksheets For Each Module

For each of the eight modules you will receive a PDF worksheet with easy to do exercises to help you carry the course practice into your dojo and daily life. These worksheets are great resources outlining the key points from each weekly module and help you integrate the practices and principles of "Meditation For Aikidoka."

Facebook Community Forum for Discussion and Sharing

As a course participant you will gain access to our exclusive, closed facebook group. This forum is a learning community where you can interact with Miles and other course members as you go through your weekly modules and practices. Sharing your challenges, insights and breakthroughs in the practice can be extremely supportive and have a grounding effect on your practice. 

22 Hours Of Downloadable Audio Archives

Each one of the course module and Q&A sessions will be recorded and available to you on our audio archives page. You will be able to listen to these recordings on line, or to download to listen at your convenience. These audio archives will be a valuable Dharma resource for you to keep and re-listen to for years to come.

Join The "MEDITATION FOR AIKIDOKA" 8 Week Course And Get Started Today!

What you will get when you invest in this program:

  • Eight Weekly Live 90 min. Course Sessions w/ Miles
  • Four Bi-weekly Live Community Q&A Calls w/ Miles
  • Eight Weekly Guided Meditation Downloads w/ Miles
  • Personal Practice Worksheets For Each Module
  • Eight Half Hour Community Cohort Sessions
  • Access To Closed Facebook Group for Community Discussion and Resourcing
  • 22 Hours Of Downloadable Audio Archives

PLUS ADDED BONUSES:

  • A 1-on-1 "Spiritual Coaching" Session w/ Miles Kessler
  • Guest Faculty: "Meditation For Aikidoka - Masters Classes"

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