Go out and slay that Monday!

Gouma (降魔) in Japanese means “To conquer the devil.” Mondays really do feel like that sometimes, don’t they?


The devil in this sense is the devil which exists inside all of us.

One of the hardest things to realize is that our life is our own. Other people, things or events can influence our lives but they don’t control them. Those things merely inform our decisions.

Our greatest gift is that we have the power to choose. At any given time we can choose our perspective and our actions. Exercising choice means taking control.

Life’s journey is supposed to be arduous. Nothing good comes easy, but that doesn’t mean it has to be torturous either. The easiest way to make an arduous path more sufferable is to change the way we see it. We cannot know with any amount of certainty where the path of our lives will take us nor do we know how this will factor into our future. Therefore, because of this uncertainty, we can choose to see it any way we want. Choosing to see something in a more positive light enables us to create alignment with it and with who we are and where our lives are going.

In Aikido, one of the main tenets is to create alignment with not only our opponent’s energy but also with their perspective. It is easier to give them compassion when we can see what they see and where they are coming from.

To conquer the devil, is to align, redirect and use our devil’s power to our advantage and reach our greatest heights.

Have a great Monday!