Today I would like to further introduce you to the concepts of Seishindo.
It’s my hope that what you read will lead you to better understand yourself and help you live a more solution oriented life.
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Prior to seeking solutions, look first to simplify
What I’ve learned over time, is that high quality solutions are invariably simple.
Conversely, when people feel incapable of finding a path forward, they invariably formulate their challenge in a way that’s overly complex. It’s the complication they’ve built up in their mind, that obscures their solution.
When people come to me looking for help, I carefully listen to how they describe their challenge. When looking for a needle in a haystack, the smaller the haystack the better! When you simplify your challenge, you will simplify the task of finding your solution.
Thus the first steps in a Seishindo change process involve slowing down, breathing more fully, pruning away all unnecessary complication, and feeling the emotional impact of the words spoken.
In Japanese culture, simplicity is a virtue, It’s considered to be the ultimate sophistication.
In Japanese art forms, one is meant to strive for simplicity. To do so, requires an unwavering soft focus, and clear, unfettered awareness of self and ‘other’.
When creating a bonsai,
The master simplifies and prunes away all but the bare essentials
Exposing a beauty that was previously obscured.
When we take off our masks, and share with an open heart,
We expose our beauty and free ourselves to express our hidden truth.
At such times the essence of who we are can shine through,
And find its rightful place in the world.
As we return to the innocence of childhood,
Yet bringing with us the wisdom we’ve discovered along the way.
Keep your whole self open to experience, and your connection to the many resources life has to offer you,
By gently expressing your truth, while striving to understand the hopes and fears of others.
You can find your connection to life everywhere, and at any time.
By pausing and letting your vulnerability resonate out into the world.
An open heart will lead you to the experiences and understanding that cuts through illusion.
Follow your heart,
It will guide you to a place of love, acceptance and fulfillment.
The meaning of Seishindo
In my years of study and practice, and in my everyday life, I’ve had the opportunity to experience the importance of ‘purity’ and ‘simplicity’.
What I’ve learned along the way, forms the basis for the human potential discipline I’ve created, called Seishindo.
Here’s an explanation of the kanji (Japanese pictograms) that make up the word Seishindo.
The first kanji is “Sei.”
The most basic meaning for “sei” is “refined”, but the meaning extends further to include, “spirit, energy, vitality, semen, purity, excellence, and skill”.
In Seishindo, I have chosen the meaning “refined and pure”.
The middle kanji is “Shin”
The meanings of “shin” are “spirit, heart (in the metaphorical sense), and mind”.
If you ask a Japanese person where their mind is, they will point to their heart.
When we combine “sei” with “shin” we have the poetic interpretation, “Pure heart, Simple mind”.
The third kanji. Is “Do”
In everyday parlance it means street, or road.
As used in the Japanese arts, “do” refers to an artful path of study.
As in Judo, Aikido, Chado (tea ceremony), and Shodo (calligraphy).
Seishindo is thus “An artful path for discovering your pure heart, simple mind”.
The path that leads to solutions
When striving to find solutions, look first to simplify,
By pruning away all that obscures your vision,
In the process of creating ‘less’,
You’ll illuminate the inherent beauty of the essential.