Georgianne Ginder contributed this poem as copyrighted by Your Best Medicine, September 6, 2003. You can find it in the Spring 2005 issue number 48 of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter. You can purchase this issue at http://www.jsjinc.net.
Walking the Breath
I place my hands upon you
And soon you begin to talk to me
We now share the language of respect and of relationship
Jin Shin Jyutsu is the art of trust and truth.
As my fingers move
I sense you as your body
Mind and spirit speak
The message becomes clear:
We must move forward here,
Here, and eventually – here.
This dialogue of breath
Of balance and harmony is a timeless dance.
I listen to the quiet, and, yes, to the fear and
Always to the life which is present and clear.
Machines, medicines and tests
Merge and meld with timeless tradition
Of touch, of nourishment
Prayer and rest.
Life’s journey may be short or long
One’s stamina, energy – weak or strong. Yet
Each of us speaks
And each of us seeks
Freedom, connection, wisdom, love
And so very often: relief.
“Hold yourself together”
And so we do. Jaws clench, fingers lock and unlock
Bodies wiggle as knees pump up and down…
Pain can pull us inward
As the breath moves beyond us.
Baby reaches to be held and rocked and rescued
Sensing safety in what she knows to be secure –
Rhythm recorded heartbeat by heartbeat
That universal first breath
Our last exchanged at death.
To care and be cared for
Spoken of and spoken to –
Stretching for security and serenity
Protection and dependability
Hands out. Hands down.