Remain Calm and Centered

  • Think of a rock in the ocean—still while water flows around it



  • The rock is centered, calm—the water is energy, activity, noise
  • If the rock gives in to the water, it gets washed away, out of control and at the mercy of the ocean’s random action
  • The rock can take energy from the water [qi-mana] without giving control to the water

    Taking Control of Yourself

  • Clearing away YOUR demons
  • Place yourself in a control IN THOSE ITEMS YOU CAN SHAPE OR CONTROL

Kyoto-Tenryu-ji 2017 (35)

  • Much of your world will be outside your control:
    • BUT you can still control YOUR REACTION TO IT
  • Practice saying:
    • “NO, I’M SORRY I CAN’T” to requests from both inside yourself and from others

Arashiyama 2017 (23)

Situational Awareness

  • Be constantly alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Be ready to deal both with he unexpected and the predictable
  • This will also help you empathize with others

Kyoto 2017 (5)


  • Pause in a quiet place and feel your fingers—what is your body trying to tell you?
  • Breathing exercises
  • Even out your breathing

Breathe from your lower diaphragm—move your stomach to breathe, not your chest

Arashiyama-Kyoto Hogonin (2)

Advanced Meditation

  • Remove distractions
  • Sit or stand in a relaxed stance
  • Imagine yourself Rooted to the ground
  • Note your breathing
  • Let yourself become aware of your surroundings
  • What to you hear? Far away?
  • What do you smell?
  • What do you feel on your skin?

What is the quality of light that you see?  What colors?  What movement?

Arashiyama 2017 (11)

Self evaluation

  • What has worked for you?
  • Why did it work—how was it useful?
  • What hasn’t worked for you?
  • Why didn’t it work?
  • Build on your successes: what other approaches may work for you?
  • How can you modify the successes to make the whole a better fit for your needs and goals?

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