Equanimity (Heiki)

Get Close to the Problem

The toughest Aikido martial arts class I ever taught was a bunch of teenage girls. I’d been brought in to teach at one of the most exclusive, private all-girl prep schools in Washington, DC. The kids in this school were straight out of the movie Mean Girls — privileged, entitled, ruling their own corner of the world.

Being Strong Can Make You Weak

A few days after my 34th birthday, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer.  Surgery successfully removed the tumor, along with my right testicle, and I was cancer free.  The only real suffering I went through was the relentless jokes from my buddies.  We all had a ball laughing at my predicament.  (Please tell me you got that…)  Several months later after thinking I beat cancer, my doctors and I discovered cancer had spread to my lungs.  All jokes stopped.