This last Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Ken Purdy Sensei. He is 75 years old and has been a practicing Aikido-ka for over 50 years. I have been told he earned his black belt from O'Sensei in Japan. Purdy Sensei is a remarkable man. I have seen him in action, both as an observer and receiver of his technique. Awesome.
Well, he was telling me how his mother passed away last week and was still grieving a bit. Our conversation wandered into our fathers, their passing and our spiritual connections via spirit or timeless selves. Purdy Sensei relayed his story about his grandfather, who was an avid hunter and loved chickadees.
After his grandfather's death, Purdy Sensei's father went hunting. While in the woods waiting, chickadees came to visit him and one even sat on the bill of his cap. And for years, a chickadee would always accompany him on his hunting trips. Cool story.
We are all connected, even when we leave this body, we can still communicate with loved ones on so many different levels. All things are possible.
Thanks for visiting. My Dharma name is Shinzen. I began studying Goshindo Karate under the watchful eye of Shihan Paul Dean in 1969. Yes, I now have gray hair. I am also Lay-ordained in Soto Zen under the tutelage of Rev. Nonin Chowaney of the Nebraska Zen Center.