Majority of comments I receive to my blog entry, facebook post etc. consist of concerns for my health. Many mention that I need not only physical but also mental care. As I think about it, both go together. I am following their suggestions and trying to balance the two.
In fact, I went to Aikido class this morning after 6 months. I was determined to go, as it was the first class of the fall term and I wanted to see instructors and others. Besides, Aikido is a great way to clear my mind as I need total concentration not to get hurt. I was also interested in how Aikido class can be done with social distancing. We were all wearing masks and practice basic moves. We did a few practices with the partner, but not much. I am very sore as I use different muscles after 5 months! But it definitely helped me mentally as it was nice to see instructors. It also felt good to practice basic moves. I also hear that we will use wooden sword like items in the future. (photo on the left) I am looking forward to my Sunday class.
After Aikido class, I went to the duo recital of violin and piano. I received the invitation about 10 days ago at the JICC seminar where I gave a talk. Violinist, Risa Izumi,(featured photo) performed at the end of the session and gave me tickets to today’s recital. I enjoyed it very much. It was a bit of challenge as I was quite pressed for time. However, it was the first time to attend the concert live in 6 months.
I felt I am approaching the good balance of physical and mental state… Will try to continue…