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JSJ Florida Canine Prison Program, Part 1

Adele and Scooter Leas write about “Jin Shin Jyutsu in Florida – Canine Prison Program” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 71, Winter 2011:

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Sitting in a seaside cafe, sipping hot tea and thrilled to be tucked in away from the teeming rain, I can reflect on my day. I have an awareness of feeling humble and thankful for things I so often take for granted. Mostly I am thankful for my ability to feel peace radiating through my body with each breath. I feel profoundly thankful for the freedom this Art has given me. I feel thankful that my passion for sharing this Art with humans and other animals has set my life on a course of a constantly changing and evolving wonder. I am also thankful for the large group of inmates who just enrolled in an intensive program of Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) self-help and canine work based on the self-help work.

Today, (September 21, 2010) was my sixth trip to Bay Correctional Facility in Panama City, Florida. They have a program where the inmates train puppies to become search and rescue dogs and bomb sniffers. This intensive program partners inmates and pups in a living and training regimen round the clock before the dogs graduate. These doggie graduates are serving throughout the U.S. and around the world. They are in airports, on trains, at natural disaster sites, working security details and serving alongside our soldiers in war zones. Prior to the inmates’ involvement, the training success with these dogs leveled out at about twenty-five percent. Now, with the dedication, unlimited time and attention of the inmates, the success rate with the dogs is up to an unprecedented eighty-five percent.

The local paper ran an article about my work with JSJ as part of the rehabilitation of the pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick’s dog fighting kennels, who now live at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. After that, I was contacted by Sharon Gavin, Canine Program Director at the prison in Florida. She said she would love to talk with me about the work, because she had a feeling it could help the dogs and inmates. She said that the biggest challenge for many of the men was to bond with another living being and to be responsible caregivers for a high energy pup. And by the way, there was unfortunately no pay. We set up a visit for the next week, after I explained that I only taught one way. The men would have to do self-help to center themselves and to understand the process a bit before I would instruct them in working with the dogs.

I went through the security clearance process, and somewhat apprehensively headed off to prison. Sharon had told me it was a “medium security prison”. I asked what that meant, and she said, “murder on down.” I then asked what “high security” meant, and she state, “premeditated murder and serial killers.” I was only somewhat reassured by this information. the two-hour drive was filled with conscious deep breaths and many repetitions of the Loving Kindness prayer.

To be continued…

Prayer for Loving Kindness

May I be filled with loving kindness. May I be well. May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy.

May you be filled with loving kindness. May you be well. May you be peaceful and at ease. May you be happy.

May all beings be filled with loving kindness. May all be well. May all be peaceful and at ease. May all be happy.

I’m thinking about problems…

LIFE COMES WITH PROBLEMS

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
— Fr. Alfred D’Souza

Life always brings problems. We really can’t live without them.

And so it helps to shift our perspective. We can stop trying to avoid the problems. We can stop feeling victimized by what’s happening. Instead, we can consciously work with the challenge of the moment to learn more about ourselves and the world. When we make this shift in attitude, we discover ourselves to be strong and powerful.

“Every lesson is a widening and deepening of consciousness. It is a stretching of the mind beyond its conceptual limits and a stretching of the heart beyond its emotional boundaries. It is a bringing of unconscious material into consciousness, a healing of past wounds, and a discovery of new faith and trust.”
— Paul Ferrini

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Abby

Julianne Dow  writes about “Abby” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 71, Winter 2011:

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The Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a rescue haven for abused and neglected farm animals located in Saugerties, New York. There are horses, cows, goats, rams, sheep, pigs, geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens and rabbits in residence, being treated and cared for with the hopes that they will find nurturing forever homes. Julianne Dow is a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner who shares the art with the animals on the farm, helping in their treatment.

Abby is a white horse that was rescued by the Catskill Animal Sanctuary and brought to the farm for caring and rehabilitation. Her hooves were never filed as a young horse, which led to serious leg projects. One morning at the sanctuary, I started treating Abby with a 3/15 quickie on both sides, which is for general well-being, back, hips and legs. I also gave her an 11/25 quickie on both sides which is for elbows, wrist, hooves, skeletal balance and rejuvenation. I have learned from my work with animals that they will show you what they need if you watch and listen.

As I was finishing these quickie flows on Abby, she reached her mouth around to scratch an area on her back. I then put my hand there to scratch the place for her. She began to relax and moan. I then moved my hands to feel her scapula (angel wings) from top to bottom, slowly combing and holding each area that represents each Depth, just how Jin Shin Jyutsu instructors Sara Harper and Anita Willoughby showed me (6th and 3rd on the top part of the scapula, 5th and 2nd in the middle, 4th and 1st on the bottom). As I was doing this, Abby stretched her neck forward and sideways, reaching out in all directions. She began to rock forward and backward. For a minute I thought she was going to topple over as she picked up on her rhythmic swaying. Usually horses rock slowly side to side during Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions, not forward and backward…

This was a unique experience! When she finally became still, I finished by holding her 5/16s up to her 8s on both rear legs while also hold her 15 to help with leg discomfort. I ended as I always do, squatting at her forelegs and holding her 26 and foreleg bone accumulations. This is when she rubs her muzzle in my hair every time. Abby gave me the gift of following her lead to give her what she needed.

Thank you, Julianne.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

I’m thinking about my life…

DO YOU OWN YOUR LIFE?

“The meaning of life is to give life meaning.”
— Ken Hudgins

When we own our lives, we accept what we’ve inherited and the experiences we hold in our memories. We also claim our right to create new conditions if we’re not happy with what’s come before. We assume responsibility for changing what does not suit us. We acknowledge our own special talents and skills, and truly comprehend our right to enjoy the journey. In short, we embrace the meaning and purpose, the mystery and the beauty of our lives.

Do you feel that you own your life at the moment?

“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself… and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.”
— Shirley MacLaine

“Life is too short to be little.”
— Benjamin Disraeli

“Every man dies, but not every man lives….”
— Garth Brooks

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I’m thinking about financial insecurity…

FEARS OF MONEY

“We are all powerless as children, and money looms so powerfully … we don’t grow up to claim our financial power until we look money directly in the eye, face our fears, and claim that power back.”
— Suze Orman

How does money scare you?

In your journal, write down your greatest fears around money, and see what comes up. If emotions surface, as they undoubtedly will, let them come. Really feel your feelings, without judgment. They’ll give you valuable information.

“In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential; it’s no different in the financial realm. In a buy-now, consume-now culture like ours, it takes courage to make the decisions today that may make us rich tomorrow. It takes courage to face up to the facts of old age and mortality and to prepare for them. It also takes courage to live generously, regardless of your financial state of affairs. …It takes courage to ask for what you want. And it takes courage to live honestly, wisely, true to yourself …and true to your desire for more.”
— Suze Orman

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In the Beginning was the…?(Part 4)

Anita Willoughby  writes about beginnings in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 71, Winter 2011:

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In the Beginning was the…?

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The womb is often associated with a dark, fecund, nurturing space or place, which holds, envelops or generates. Womb is another word for the belly, for the uterus. Uterus is a hollow, muscular organ of female mammals, where the ovum, when fertilized, develops into an embryo and fetus. According to Jin Shin Jyutsu the following dance between the depths, between the energy of generation and energy of regeneration occurs during the 9 months of creation:

the preceding was the intimate musings of a soul, heart and mind enthralled, captivated and fascinated by the mysteries of creation and the mysteries of life. I am sending  out the signal to the world, “I am here.”

Thank you, Anita.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

All issues of The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.