Seishindo (pronounced say-sheen-doe) is a human potential discipline designed to help you manage stress, build better relationships, and live in an emotionally-balanced, life-affirming manner.
Seishindo invites you to enter into a fuller relationship with yourself, while becoming more aware of your surroundings and experiencing the connection that you have to all of life. In the process, you will develop the self-confidence that comes from meeting life’s everyday challenges more effectively.
Nothing stays the same forever
Neither “the good” nor “the bad”.
Assume that every action performed by another person is based on their positive intention- The intention to be of service to you and all others they interact with.
We are all perfectly imperfect
And we are all much more than the sum of our parts.
Trust in your intelligence, talents, creativity, and soul.
Every person is capable of great things, and you have all the resources you need to live a fulfilling, satisfying life. Every relationship and occurrence in your life has the opportunity to be a life-affirming gift.
Your body holds the answer to many puzzles your cognitive mind can’t comprehend on its own.
Your body is intelligent, expressive, and wise. It communicates clearly and with sophistication – when you learn to listen. Life is a paradox you can’t ever fully comprehend unless you meld the wisdom of your rational mind with the wisdom of your emotional mind.
Life is a paradox.
In order to make sense out of the seemingly contradictory information life presents us with, we need to meld the wisdom of our logical mind with the wisdom of our emotions. Logic and emotion are two sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other.
In order for you to feel healthy and comfortably in control of your life, your body needs to assimilate and emotionally digest the meaning of your experience. In this sense we say, emotional digestion is a crucial aspect of your overall health.
Pain, stress, and dis-ease, arise from excess energy trapped in the body.
You can “turn down the heat” that leads to stress, by ventilating your system with expansive breathing and releasing excess muscular tension.
The more you’re aware of yourself, those you are in relationships with, and your surroundings, the greater your potential to live in a life affirming manner.
When you’re calm, you foster a release of muscular holding patterns, which leads to a calming of your nervous system and physiology, and a greater awareness of the moment. When you calm your physiology you greatly increase your ability to calm your emotions and feel “centered”. When you feel centered you calm your “somatic mind”—The intelligence that orchestrates all of the activities and functions of your body. When you calm your somatic mind you calm your brain activity, and thus your thinking, and your internal dialogue. This leads to the calming of your rational mind; your intellect. When your rational mind is calm, you experience what it’s like to think with your body as well as with your brain. By cultivating the capacity to think with your body and your brain, you become better able to wisely work with the core issues you face in your life. Your problems become recognized as “grist for your mill”. Making it possible for you to further grow and evolve. You understand that everything is just as it should be, just as it is.
When you’re centered you feel at home in your body, and aware in the present moment. Fully alive, and ready to live a complete and satisfying life, you enter into a flow state we call “Embodied Presence”.
Embodied Presence = Centered
When you experience Embodied Presence, you become aware of how your body activates the thoughts and actions of your rational mind, and you build the brain-body pathways of communication that set in motion positive change and transformation. At such times, you release excess energy trapped in your body and convert this excess energy into fuel for positive change. When you manifest and express Embodied Presence, what you say, what you do, and who you are, are all the same.
One of the best ways to harness the energy you have in your system, and thus improve your overall health, vitality, and creativity, is learning how to gently control the way you breathe.
Oriental traditions tell us an abundant supply of oxygen is crucial to one’s health and well-being. Western science tells us an insufficient amount of oxygen in the system leads over time to acidosis, anxiety, and in severe conditions, panic attacks and an inability to think clearly.Breathing is a bodily function that is normally outside of your conscious awareness, outside of your conscious control. By becoming mindful of your breathing process and gently controlling the flow of your breath, you feel more at home in your body, and better able to control the course of your life.
The flow of your breath mirrors the flow of your thinking mind. Calming your breathing process helps calm your thinking process. Your thoughts, be it internal dialogue or verbal communication, ride on your breath. The quality of your breathing will greatly affect the quality of your thinking. When you breathe in a relaxed manner you promote creativity and a more positive outlook on life. When you inhale in a relaxed manner you literally “inspire” yourself as you draw in oxygen from your surroundings.
When you breathe freely and easily, you’ll tend to be healthy and experience a deep sense of well-being. If you are breathing freely and easily, you won’t be feeling stressed out! This understanding is an elemental part of the Seishindo Stress Management Program.
Explore these core principles for yourself by engaging with the key practices available on the Seishindo Practices page.
And of course you’re welcome to contact me at any time to learn more about Seishindo and how it can help you live with enthusiasm, compassion, and a sense of truly belonging in the world.
Seishindo draws upon Eastern and Western thought, including…
Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido
This form of Aikido was developed by Koichi Tohei.
The Aikido practitioner learns to coordinate the activity of their body, thinking mind, and spirit, in order to respond to life’s many challenges with the wisdom of the “whole self”.
Coordinating your body, thinking mind, and spirit, will serve you well in your everyday life.
Named after its creator Haruchika Noguchi, Seitai refers to properly ordered body, or the ways in which the body moves naturally and tends towards health and well-being when excess muscular tension is released.
Noguchi sensei said, “The body is like a top. Unless it’s moving, you don’t know what it’s meant to be or how to use it.”
Both illness and health are created by your patterns of movement and the ways your body restricts or releases the natural flow of energy throughout your system. This is true for individuals and organizations alike.
Using the skills and philosophy of Noguchi Seitai we work with both individuals and organizations – to find a natural flow of movement. Freeing people to perform with greater flexibility, ease, and a sense of positive potential.
The practice of Noguchi Seitai leads one to understand how to go with the flow of energy that is present, rather than attempting to understand intellectually what needs to be done differently.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP is the art, science, and practice of understanding and valuing people and uncovering “strategies of excellence”. It’s sometimes called “The Owner’s and Operator’s Manual for the Human Mind.”
“Neuro” refers to how experience is received through your five senses.
“Linguistic” describes how the information received through those five senses is translated into language – the words you use to describe your world to yourself and others.
“Programming” indicates the highly-structured framework used to organize experience within your mind and body.
NLP is considered by many to be a foremost field of study for achieving excellence in various areas of one’s life. Examples include- communication skills, cultivating high quality relationships, shared leadership, creativity, and overall emotional and physical health. NLP can help you explore how your mental strategies, communication patterns, value system, and the overall use of your body, significantly influence every aspect of your life.
Originated by Milton Erickson, M.D., this discipline provides a view into how we construct, communicate, and self-identify within our individual models of reality.
Recognizing that you and everyone you encounter has a unique personal structure of logic and emotion helps you build strong relationships, communicate clearly, and change detrimental habit patterns.
A form of psychotherapy originated by Stephen Gilligan, it draws from and builds upon the legacy of Milton Erickson.
Self-relations emphasizes the positive aspects of problems and symptoms. In Self-relations the practitioner strives to use each and every event and experience to awaken to the goodness and gifts of the self, the world, and the connections between the two.
Although it’s generally considered to be the realm of engineers and those who are more interested in computers and circuit boards than in people, cybernetics provides powerful insights into how human communication is systematic in nature and outside of our conscious awareness.
As you become aware of your habitual patterns of expression, you realize how to adapt and modify them to the specific situations of your life.
We are constantly on the lookout for research that leads to a scientific understanding of the principles we use in our work. More and more we discover that ancient oriental wisdom and emerging scientific models point towards the same wisdom and understanding.
These practices, teachings, and disciplines form the foundation of Seishindo.
To learn more, visit the Seishindo Practices page, where you’ll find several core Practices to experience for yourself.
And of course you can contact me at any time with questions, or to explore how studying Seishindo might benefit yourself and those you work with.