Thoughts to Ponder

1. Introduction

I hope this newsletter finds you all doing well. I particularly want to welcome new subscribers to the Seishindo community and let you all know what has been occurring for me lately.

Recently my 90 year old mother was diagnosed with late stage brain cancer and I have had to spend a good deal of time shuttling back and forth between Tokyo and Atlanta, Georgia.
My mom’s life span from here on out is meant to be rather short, and I have had a LOT to attend to. Because of this I have not kept to our usual publishing schedule of two newsletters a month.
My mom has been holding steady the last few weeks and she is being attended to at home, 24/7 by a small team of truly wonderful caregivers. I want to take a moment here to acknowledge the women we have been working with. They are loving, truly dedicated, and highly professional, and they are adding great quality to the last days of my mom’s life. I am in awe of their ability to remain present and focus on the positive. I also want to acknowledge the hospice organization we are working with as well. Once again, they are the cream of the crop.

Attending to the dying is a very important task in life, and I can only hope the many fine people who engage in this work realize the tremendous blessing they are to all they come in contact with. My particular thanks also go out to the hospice volunteers who also play a crucial role in this whole process. I am touched by their offering of support to so many who are in need. Having people care for the dying, is a crucial role that needs to be fulfilled in every culture. I feel blessed to have met and worked with so many dedicated people in the last month or so. Thanks also to the many friends of my parents that have been a constant source of help and support.

Most of my newsletters are made up of the “life stories” I write. Since I am not a writer by training, I am especially touched that so many people have found value in what I have to share.

I have not turned out a newsletter in about a month now, and a few dedicated subscribers have recently written to me asking how I am doing and what is transpiring. Thanks for your concern! These last weeks have been very busy, and emotionally taxing at times, but I can truly say that I have been involved in a celebration of life.

Because I have not been able to spend time writing, I began to do a bit of “tweeting” on Twitter. I would love to have you join me there. The name I am using is Seishindo. I have been exploring this medium as a way of saying something meaningful, with the use of very few words.

Today’s newsletter is a compilation of thoughts that have come out of some of the Seishindo workshops. I hope you find some value in what is written.

Bear with me! I will get back to a regular schedule as soon as it makes sense.

Wishing you all the best, as you continue on your life’s journey.


2. Thoughts to Ponder

Health will follow sickness.
Happy will follow sad.
All life is cyclical.

When you release your musculature and breathe deeply, you are much better able to take in the energy that is available to you in any given moment. This is the essence of healing and high quality health!

The more you hold on with the muscles of your body, the less fresh oxygen you are able to take in, and the less carbon dioxide you are able to release.
Excess carbon dioxide in the body leads to acidity. Acidity leads to poor health.

To a large extent, your body is the product of your thinking. What you think about and believe in, determines your health and well-being, and what you get and don’t get.

Thoughts have energy,
Moving energy tends to sustain life. Blocked energy, or excess energy tends to deplete one’s life force.
What you try to avoid or resist you tend to make stronger.
That’s how virulent forms of disease got going in hospitals.
Whatever the antibiotics can’t kill,…
Gets stronger,
This is part of the process of adaptation.

The more you talk about what you don’t want, the more you’re thinking about what you don’t want. In the process, you feed what you don’t want with the energy of your thoughts.

Your thinking mind creates a thought field.
Your thinking mind determines the way you use your body and breathe. The way you use your body and breathe, determines how you feel, and your overall health.

Your thinking and the way you use your body and breathe, creates your energy field.
Your energy field resonates.
Your energy field attracts/resonates with the energy fields of some aspects of nature/people/experiences/your environment, while repelling/dampening other aspects.

Your body, just like the body of a classical guitar, is a resonator.
When you adopt a healthy posture, you increase your capacity to resonate life affirming energy.

All disease is the body’s way of telling you that what you’re doing doesn’t work. You and your doing are out of balance.
Symptoms are an integral part of a system wide feedback loop, alerting you to the need for change.
Be thankful for the feedback.
Without it, you would soon no longer be alive.

The power that flows through you is limitless.
The essence of who you are, is not constrained by time or space.

If you are truly emotionally healthy, you will tend to be truly physically healthy.
The opposite of this is equally true.
Your emotional health and your physical health are in a constant and recursive conversation.

You are the creator of your entire experience of life. This includes your health, your happiness, and your relationships,
Or the lack thereof.

You are the product of all your relationships.

Your system is designed to be self healing. Release all stressors and the body will heal.

Stress finds the weakest link in your system and begins to break it down.

“There are always two choices. Two paths to take.
One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy. ”
Unknown Author

“When you are sitting in the midst of your problem,
what is more real to you – your problem, or the fact of being here.
Your presence in the here and now is the ultimate fact.”
Suzuki Roshi

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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