SHODO & MEDITATION

EXPLORING MEDITATION AND SHODO TO GO BEYOND OUR BEST TOGETHER

Saiso Shimada Zen and Qigong (Kikou)

As far as Zen is concerned, from what I understood (my Japanese is very basic) Saiso Shimada learned Zen from a Jesuit — from a school founded by Hugo Enomiya-Lassale.

Zen Center

According to some articles, the founder of the place Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle was present and suffered from the Hiroshima atomic bomb in WWII.  After that, he engaged himself in a mission of peace and built a Catholic church “Memorial Cathedral for World Peace” in Hiroshima.

He became later known as a first person who introduced meditation to many Catholics.  Enomiya-Lassalle first built a center for meditation in “Shinmeikutsu” Hiroshima and now as I understand it, it has moved to Tokyo. Due to many notable achievements,  Enomiya-Lassalle became an honorary citizen of Hiroshima.

Practicing in Zen Center

 

JAPANESE

五日市駅からバスで一時間 の山の中に 「 神冥窟 」があり、そこに、 書道 と 禅 の練習をするために、 毎月 一回 、 15年 行っていました。  (  30年以上前になります )

そこは、ドイツ人の神父様 ( 日本名  愛宮牧備  ) が建てられた 禅道場でした。

愛宮神父様は、広島で 原爆に遭い、 後に 日本をもっと理解する為に 禅を 学び、 禅に深く共鳴されて、 禅を世界中に広める ことを熱心に行動されて居られました。

山の中の 禅道場は、時計もなく 、 十字架と共存した場所で、食事 も、 歩行も、 全て禅の修行であり、現代の人間社会とは別の特別な、異る空間でした。

何もない、広い場所で 、唯自分の心と向き合う数日間は、汚れた心を洗い流して、再生の場所でした。

Press for More Info on the Founder Enomiya-Lassalle of “Shinemeikutsu” a Zen Practice

 

SHIMADA PRACTICES TODAY RAJA YOGA (SAMYAMA) AND ALSO DEEP MEDITATION IN A VISIONARY LEADER PROGRAM WITH NATHALIE ISHIZUKA

For the last two and half years, Saiso Shimada in Tokyo, along with Nathalie Ishizuka in Singapore, and a formidable raja yoga teacher in Europe (prefers to remain unknown), practices together samyama (stillness in action) co-ordinating their meditations with skype.  Due to this regular practice together Shimada has seen according to her own assessment and her fans, a shift in her work.

ABOUT VISIONARY LEADER PROGRAM

Most recently, a book has been published this Fall 2018 celebrating Shimada’s new art in the book of the Philosopher and Poet, Dr. Paul Briot.  This book contains 6 original works of Saiso Shimada and original music created for each of these six works by a very famous musician Nakamura Masaki who fell in love with her paintings and meditated on the text of Dr. Paul Briot’s work Le Rayonnant.

Paul Briot Le Rayonnant, un art vers l'infini

Each of those original songs by Masaki Nakamura for Shimada’s paintings were created in meditation with Nathalie Ishizuka and Saiso Shimada.  They are accessible in a revolutionary new book edition, containing access to the works through your mobile (audio, visual and text) & QR codes written behind each painting.  To get this rare digital audio beautifully designed book you must order the book directly from the Editor as it is a limited edition.  The beautiful colored edition is rare and the paintings are in color.

PRESS HERE TO Order your edition of this Rare Edition before it is sold out (10 euros) French Language

As a result of the recent shift in her own work, Shimada is starting to teach her students Advanced Yoga Practices (Deep Meditation) with shodo.  Together with Nathalie Ishizuka they wish to make deep meditation and shodo available to those in Japan who practice traditional arts and those abroad.

SHODO AND MEDITATION A DAILY PRACTICE

To assist others in their pursuit of meditation and or shodo, Nathalie is making available a 10 minute meditation followed by a 5 Minute shodo Activity and 5 minute Rest Period with eyes closed (seated or lying down).  Should you be able to do this daily, both your meditation and shodo will improve.  The Total Practice is 20 minutes a day.

To develop a community we suggest that you use insight timer and in time a community may develop where our meditations and art together change both us and create greater beauty inside and outside Japan.


LESSON PLAN FOR SHODO AND MEDITATION PRACTICE:


Step 1: Create an intent.  For example, you could dedicate your 15 minute Practice to Greater Inner Silence and Joy within yourself and all others.


Step 2: Listen or Read the Directions for the Deep Meditation (Advanced Yoga Practices by Yogani) in Japanese, English or your language of choice


ENGLISH DIRECTIONS DEEP MEDITATION (AYP)  (www.advancedyogapractices.com)

“Once you have gotten comfortable, slowly close your eyes.
You will notice thoughts, streams of thoughts. That is fine. Just observe them without minding them.
After about a minute, gently introduce the thought  … I AM … and begin to repeat it easily and effortlessly in your mind. If your mind wanders off into other thoughts, you will eventually realize this has happened. Don’t be concerned about it. It is natural.
When you realize you are not repeating the mantra, gently go back to it.This is all you have to do.
Easily repeat the mantra silently inside.
When you realize you are not thinking it, then easily come back to it. The goal is not to stay on it. The goal is to follow the simple procedure of thinking the mantra, losing it, and coming back to it when you find you have lost it.  Do not resist if the mantra tends to become less distinct. Thinking the mantra does not have to be with clear pronunciation.
I AM can be experienced at many levels in your mind and nervous system. When you come back to it, come back to a level that is comfortable, not straining for either a clear or fuzzy pronunciation.”
Do this procedure for twenty minutes, and then, with your eyes closed, take a few minutes to rest before you get up.

JAPANESE DIRECTIONS (ADVANCED YOGA PRACTICES) AYP DEEP MEDITATION
座るポーズを決めたら、ゆっくりと目を閉じてください。
色々な考えが浮かんでくることに気づきますが、大丈夫です。
まずはその浮かんでくる考えを嫌がらず、ただ観察してあげてください。
約1分後、”AYAM”というマントラを心の中で優しく力を入れず繰り返してください。
時に他の考えに気を取られ、そのことに気づくことがあります。
ですが、それは自然なことなので気にすることではありません。
マントラを唱えていないことに気づいた時には、楽にマントラに戻ってください。
あなたがすべきことはこれだけです。
マントラを楽に静かに体の内側で繰り返してください。
もう一度言いますが、マントラを唱えていないことに気づいた時には、また戻ってください。
目標は、マントラを唱え続けることではありません。
目標は、マントラを唱え、見失ったらまた戻る、というシンプルな手順に従うことです。
マントラがはっきりしとしなくなったとしても、それに抵抗しないでください。
マントラは、はっきりとした発音である必要はありません。
”AYAM”は、あなたの心と神経の中の多くのレベルで感じることができます。
マントラに戻る時は、はっきりした発音やはっきりとしない発音のどちらでもなく、心地の良いレベルに戻ってください。
この瞑想を20分間実施し、その後数分間起き上がる前に目を閉じて仰向けで休みます。
NaoJapanese text translation made available thanks to Naohiro Hayashi (Certified Teacher of Advanced  Yoga Practices)

AUDIO VERSION JAPANESE DEEP MEDITATION (ADVANCED YOGA PRACTICES BY YOGANI):

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Japanese Audio translation made available thanks to Naohiro Hayashi (Certified Teacher of Advanced Yoga Practices)

Step 2: Set a timer (insight timer app is recemended) for 10 minutes.  Repeat the “AYAM” mantra “I AM” according to the instructions with eyes closed for 10 minutes.


Step 3: At the end of the 10 minutes, set the timer for a 5 minute rest (eyes closed seated or lying down) without using the mantra from the meditation.  Rest.  Sleep is good too.


Step 4: Play the 5 Minute video by Saiso Shimada and work along with her with a brush.  If you don’t have ink, just hold the brush and do the movements.

SAISO SHIMADA SHODO LESSONS IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Lesson 1: Saiso Shimada Video an Introduction to Shodo (approximately 5 minutes)

Lesson 2:

Lesson 3:

Lesson 4:

ADDITIONAL 5 MINUTE LESSONS WILL BE POSTED HERE BOOK MARK PAGE


Step 5: Restate your Intent and celebrate it in your heart.  Gratitude for this moment.  Celebrate your moment of quiet, inner silence, joy or beauty.

Note:  If you enjoy this moment of calm, you can do it for 15 minutes in the evening.

Ideally, meditaiton when done twice a day begins to change our nervous system (every 5 or so hours our nervous system returns to its original state so meditating twice a day creates far greater benefits and is easier).


FULL DIRECTIONS FOR THE DEEP MEDITATION (ADVANCED YOGA PRACTICES) BY YOGANI ON WWW.ADVANCEDYOGAPRACTICES.COM

We suggest the 10 minute meditation for beginners and for those who wish to go further to work up to 20 minutes of meditation.  Do not do more than 20 minutes at a time as it is a very strong meditation.

For those interested in more information on this meditation and how to best practice it we highly suggest that you read Deep Meditation by Yogani.

Make sure you rest after the meditation as the benefits of the practice are often found in the rest period.  Should you not be resting enough, you may become irritable during the day, so make sure you self pace and listen to your body.  You should be feeling calm and more energized during the day — if not make your rest period a little longer.

BOOK FORMAT FOR DEEP MEDITATION (KINDLE, AMAZON)


 

VIDEO DESCRIPTION TRAILER OF DEEP MEDITATION: PATHWAY TO PERSONAL FREEDOM BY YOGANI


SHODO IN PRACTICE:   UPCOMING EXHIBIT BY SAISO SHIMADA GINZA, TOKYO, JAPAN NOVEMBER 2018

DATE:  November 21~25th 2018
Ginza 6-9-9 Ginza Kanematu  5TH floor
TIME: 11:00am~ 19:00pm,  NOVEMBER 25th -17:00

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ABOUT SAISO SHIMADA AND THE VISIONARY LEADER PROGRAM

Saiso Shimada is on full scholarship for the Visionary Leader Program from Beyond Our Best fully supported by the work of Nathalie Ishizuka.  Donations that pay for Yoga Classes by Nathalie Ishizuka or other are meant to help support continued work, training and travel to Japan by Nathalie and to make this visionary work continue.

THE VISIONARY LEADER I, II.   Enrollment Visionary Leader Closed.  Get on the Wait List. Donate a full scholarship for future Candidates.

Visionary Leader I , II   A one year mastery program to change oneself creating the foundation to go beyond one’s best in one’s field or expertise, this includes a 1 Full Day VIP day Singapore + weekly hour session skype over 9 months.  To explore going beyond one’s best  an ambitious project must be presented that has an element of service for others.

This program is for geniuses, mavicks, innovators, CEOs and talented leaders of their field who want to contribute something to the world and are eager for the adventure of a lifetime and then some.  You may apply for the program or may be invited.  A service to others is a necessary pre-requisite for approval.

Can re-apply to continue program for a second year.


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