After practicing Zen Buddhist meditation for many years, I realized that it was not enough to just park the body in a mediation posture and breathe. Looking at Zen practitioners, I saw very few who succeeded in bringing their practice into everyday life, so I went searching for a practice that would be something like Zen in motion. I found Aikido, and it's turned out to be much more than just Zen in motion.
There is something about moving your body in relationship to another body. Things that the mind can barely grasp are revealed and manifested through this interaction with another person.
When I first walked into Aikido of San Diego, http://www.aikidosd.com/index.html I found friendly people and a safe and supportive environment in which people practice and evolve together. This is not a solitary practice, but one that relies on community and one that builds community. It is a practice that transforms and manifests in a positive way everywhere, in all relationships whether professional or personal.
I bring the things I learn at Aikido to everything in my life. As a nurse at work, I am more assertive and effective in communicating with patients and in my personal relationships, I have learned to be more aware and responsive.
If you are interested in Aikido, here is a great blog that explains everything you need to know about Aikido. http://www.grabmywrist.com/ This is written by someone who started as a beginner. It contains useful technical stuff and lots of intimate reflection on what it means to engage in this kind of practice.
Healthy living is not just about good food, but it's about a life with healthy relationships and community. You don't have to practice Aikido, but DO SOMETHING!