Go With the Flow

Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.
Chuang Tzu

For the past 29 years, I have practiced the art of Aikido and it has deeply influenced my art and my life. This coming weekend I am again with my aikido pals for what promises to be a sweltering four days of practice. As my life unfolds around me these days, I am grateful for the basic tenets that aikido has drummed into my being in the past three decades:

Stay calm
Be willing to change
Nurture life
Trust your intuition


Typical Aikido ‘Camp’ gathering


Blending with ‘attacker’ to redirect their energy


We learn as much being thrown, as we do throwing. And, it is all great fun.

Naturally I have drawn upon my aikido practice in my art works over the years:

Two figure portrayal of dance of energy in Aikido

Dance of Energy – 2010


Kokyu Nage

Kokyu Nage – 2010

The concepts underly much of my art as the principles are universal in application. One of my favorite ‘flow’ pieces is in my “Ice World” series:

Ice Flow

Ice Flow – 2012

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  1. Rick Berry says

    You are right on point. Never stop.

  2. Thank you, Judy. Those 4 tenets are as good as any life “rules” I’ve ever come across or invented for myself. I love your work.

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