Monthly Archives: September 2017

I’m thinking about a cosmic outlook…

BELIEVE IN YOUR UNLIMITED POTENTIAL

“You cannot see anything that you do not first contemplate as a reality.”
— Ramtha

How do you typically define yourself? Do you tell yourself and others that you are slow and methodical, that you have two left feet, that you are lazy, or unimaginative or that you can’t hang on to money?

In our unconscious self talk, most of us rarely say positive things about ourselves. List the positive and the negative ways you describe yourself. Then look over your list and contemplate how those definitions limit your ability to be cosmic in your outlook and performance.

“Belief has the word ‘lie’ in it… and that pretty much sums up what the world has us believing about ourselves.”
— Doug Firebaugh

“We are what we believe we are.”
— Benjamin N. Cardozo

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I’m thinking about singing my own song…

STRETCH YOURSELF

“People are defeated by easy, victorious and cheap successes more than by adversity.”
— Benjamin Disraeli

Today’s social standard is one of mediocrity. The status quo rarely challenges our individual creative power.

Create a brand new world for yourself, one that meets your deepest needs. By doing so, you will help raise the quality of consciousness of the entire world. Use your imagination! Sing your own song!

“Success means fulfilling your own dreams, singing your own song, dancing your own dance, creating from your heart and enjoying the journey, trusting that whatever happens, it will be OK. Creating your own adventure!”
— Elana Lindquist

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I’m thinking talk doesn’t cook the rice…

WHAT ARE YOU PROCRASTINATING?

“The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.”
— Dawson Trotman

Procrastination seriously drains our energy and our morale. What remains undone nags at us. What are you avoiding?

Make a list of items and then review each one. Does it really need to be done? After you’ve reviewed your list, prioritize it and start one task today.

Please do not procrastinate taking one minute to write down your answer to this question. Capture it on paper and this will help build awareness, commitment and discipline.

“How soon not now, becomes never.”
— Martin Luther

“Talk does not cook rice.”
— Chinese proverb

“Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!”
— Donald Gardner

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From Brain Pickings…

“There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing,”Maya Angelou wrote in contemplating courage in the face of evil. In the decades since, cynicism has become a cultural currency as deadly as blood diamonds, as vacant of integrity and long-term payoff as Enron. Over the years, I have written aboutspoken about, and even given a commencement address about the perilous laziness of cynicism and the ever-swelling urgency of not only resisting it but actively fighting it — defiance which Leonard Bernstein considered an essential countercultural act of courage.

Today, as our social and political realities swirl into barely bearable maelstroms of complexity, making a retreat into self-protective cynicism increasingly tempting, such courage is all the harder and all the more heroic.

When cynicism becomes the default language, playfulness and invention become impossible. Cynicism scours through a culture like bleach, wiping out millions of small, seedling ideas. Cynicism means your automatic answer becomes “No.” Cynicism means you presume everything will end in disappointment.

And this is, ultimately, why anyone becomes cynical. Because they are scared of disappointment. Because they are scared someone will take advantage of them. Because they are fearful their innocence will be used against them — that when they run around gleefully trying to cram the whole world in their mouth, someone will try to poison them.

Brain Pickings by Maria Popova <newsletter@brainpickings.org>

Illustration by Maurice Sendak from Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss

I’m thinking about inherent goodness…

CELEBRATE DIFFERENCES

“Souls don’t have races or sexes or religions. They are beyond artificial divisions.”
— Brian Weiss

Intolerance of differences always exists in people who don’t know who they are, people who don’t have a strong sense of their own authentic self, the soul within.

Intolerance is rooted in fear.

The basis for having a strong sense of self-esteem is to replace our unconscious idea of basic unworthiness with a conscious knowing of our fundamental inherent goodness. As Matthew Fox argues in Original Blessing, the notion of ‘original sin’ must be replaced with the truth of ‘original blessing.’

Being in touch with our essential goodness, we can see the essential goodness in others as well.

“Beliefs separate. Loving thoughts unite.”
— Paul Ferrini

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I’m thinking about balance…

WHAT’S YOUR BEST ROUTINE?

“For all my good intentions, there are days when things go wrong or I fall into old habits. When things are not going well, when I’m grumpy or mad, I’ll realize that I’ve not been paying attention to my soul and I’ve not been following my best routine.”
— Robert Fulghum

How do you need to bring more balance to your life?

Robert Fulghum has shared, “The older I get, the more I realize the importance of exercising the various dimensions of my body, soul, mind and heart. Taken together, these aspects give me a sense of wholeness. I want to be a whole human being rather than one who limps on one leg because I don’t know how to use all of my parts. Intellectual, emotional, and physical activity are not separate entities. Rather, they are dimensions of the same human being.”

“There is an Indian Belief that everyone is in a house of four rooms: A physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room everyday, even if only to keep it aired, we are not complete.”
— Rumer Godden

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I’m thinking about my conscious breath…

USE YOUR BREATH TO RELAX YOUR BODY

“Breath is the link between the inner and outer worlds.”
— Alice Christensen

We live in very demanding times, and our health depends on our being able to relieve our bodies and minds from constant stress. Breathing with awareness can focus and concentrate our attention inside. This slows down our pace and eases the pressure, anxiety, anticipation and excitement that are common stress reactions.

At any time, you can consciously experience your breathing to help you concentrate your mind and relax your body. Compare how you feel after your session with how you felt before. Write about your experience in your journal.

“Controlled deep breathing helps the body to transform the air we breathe into energy. The stream of energized air produced by properly executed and controlled deep breathing produces a current of inner energy which radiates throughout the entire body and can be channeled to the body areas that need it the most, on demand.”
— Nancy Zi

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Return the Favor

Kumuda Belcher writes: “Return the Favor” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 75, Winter 2012:

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I have a Jin Shin Jyutsu practice in South Fallsburg, New York, which I began in the Spring of 2000. Recently I decided to go back to school part-time to pursue a Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Some well-meaning friends have been asking me why I am going back to school and pursuing an additional line of work when Jin Shin Jyutsu is so powerful and seems to be my calling. I considered their queries deeply and my short answer is this: Ever since the earthquake and tsunami occurred in Japan earlier this year, I have felt a deep and growing urgency for us to share Jin Shin Jyutsu as much as possible, to empower people to help themselves and particularly to empower those who live in isolated or natural disaster-prone areas around the world. I feel it would be especially extraordinary and wonderful if somehow Jin Shin Jyutsu were more available and known to the people o Japan, as a way of thanking Jiro Murai and Mary Burmeister for the wonderful gift Mary brought to the United States from Japan in the 1950s.

Earlier this year I toured Washington, D.C. – maybe the story of the cherry trees inspires me as well. (In 1912 and again in 1965, over three thousand cherry trees – sakura – were donated to the area by the city of Tokyo and the Japanese government. Every year during the month of April there is a beautiful display of these blossoming cherry trees along the Potomac River in D.C. They serve as a reminder of the enduring spirit of friendship between our nations.) Jin Shin Jyutsu is definitely the “blossom” love to offer most!

This past summer for two weeks in the mornings I taught English to ten- and eleven-year-olds from Japan at a summer camp which has an exchange program with its Tokyo sister organization. My lesson plans included learning to name and identify parts of the body in English. As a way of reinforcing and remembering the new vocabulary, I taught the class to hold each finger (by name), shoulder and buttock, etc. They also learned to do thirty-six aware breaths with fingers and palms when fatigued or when having difficulty falling asleep. Everyone seemed to sincerely embrace the finger holding, listened with rapt attention, and happily agreed to share this information with friends who express these needs to them!

Yes, we had Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help classes (in practice, not by name) in the middle of English class! I was delighted to watch these visiting Japanese children holding their fingers and holding their upper arms with their opposite inner thighs. I was thrilled to hear them say sentences I taught such as “My stomach hurts, so I will hold my thumb.”

The bottom line is that Jin Shin Jyutsu is so much a part of my life and so much a love of my life that no matter what I appear to be doing on the outside, I am on some level always applying Jin Shin Jyutsu to and integrating it with everything else in my world. If I owned a bakery, I would probably apply “jumper cables” to the cakes! (Just kidding…)

In the past I have submitted several articles to The Main Central newsletter, and I find I come to the same conclusion and want to express the same sentiment at the end of each of them, no matter the article, no matter the topic: I thank you, dear Mary, from the bottom of my heart for so generously sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu, something which continues to enrich, nourish, and energize all aspects of my life in innumerable and wonderful ways! 

Thank you, Kumuda.

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 archy and mehitabel…

DO YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF?

“We cannot rise higher than our thought of ourselves.”
— Orison Swett Marden

What do you believe about yourself?

If you are experiencing a lack of something in your life, chances are that you hold a belief in your subconscious that says you aren’t worthy of having that quality. Write in your journal the answer to these questions for yourself:

  • Where are you not good enough, not worthy enough?
  • How willing are you to receive?

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
— e. e. cummings

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I’m thinking about 4 rooms…

WHAT’S YOUR BEST ROUTINE?

“For all my good intentions, there are days when things go wrong or I fall into old habits. When things are not going well, when I’m grumpy or mad, I’ll realize that I’ve not been paying attention to my soul and I’ve not been following my best routine.”
— Robert Fulghum

How do you need to bring more balance to your life?

Robert Fulghum has shared, “The older I get, the more I realize the importance of exercising the various dimensions of my body, soul, mind and heart. Taken together, these aspects give me a sense of wholeness. I want to be a whole human being rather than one who limps on one leg because I don’t know how to use all of my parts. Intellectual, emotional, and physical activity are not separate entities. Rather, they are dimensions of the same human being.”

“There is an Indian Belief that everyone is in a house of four rooms: A physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room everyday, even if only to keep it aired, we are not complete.”
— Rumer Godden

Copyright © 1999 – 2017 Higher Awareness Inc.
Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 0K6