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~ Deep Rest & Jin Shin Jyutsu ®

Meditation is not a competitive sport. Our beings are asking for another way of living.

What we know so far is to over-activate body and mind and then to shut off completely.

What we can learn is to rest and refresh our energy, and then we are more likely to have a visit from deep meditation. Have you ever woken up from a nap and enjoyed a moment of breezy friendliness before remembering your list of things to do? That moment—restful, agile, receptive, alive—is much closer to meditation than years of trying to sit still.

Years of experience have shown us that many people need to rest, to lie down for meditation, and allow their natural awakening gradually to take over.

~ Jin Shin Jyutsu ®
An approach to being human in a heartful and grounded way.

“Through Jin Shin Jyutsu our awareness is awakened to the simple fact that we are endowed with the ability to harmonize and balance ourselves (in rhythm with the universe) physically, mentally and spiritually.” From

Jin means human; Shin means god or heart or spirit; and Jyutsu means tricks, games, art or, as I like to call it, improvisation. This healing art from Japan is not just about technique. The hands and deep heart know or remember harmony, and help align the whole human being, not just physically, but on all levels.
By allowing the hands to find their place on the body—perhaps just holding one of the fingers—harmony resonates through the being.

Many people have been amazed at how much quietness and clarity comes from just holding one of their fingers while they meditate.

Mary Burmeister, a student of Jiro Murai, brought the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu from Japan to America in the 1950's, and courses are now held around the world.
Until her death in January of 2008, Mary offered rich teachings often in short, potent sentences: “What you think of me is none of my business.” “Exhale and be the smile.” “Energy is enthusiasm in motion.”

With connections to the whole family of Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, Jin Shin is accessible and safe for anyone to practice. By offering our hands and attending the official Jin Shin courses, our learning can be unending.

For information about official Jin Shin Jyutsu courses:

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Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc.
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Scottsdale, AZ 85258


~ Effort & Relaxation

Most of us know how to make effort based on tension.
On retreat, each person can experiment with making “reversed effort,” or effort based on relaxation.

At the beginning with meditation practice, and periodically later on, an intense struggle with strong habits of mind is unavoidable. But don't assume that this same quality of exhausting effort must continue forever.
At first, attention has to rely on the intellect. The intellect, or conscious thinking mind, cannot function continuously, and therefore, effort is necessarily uneven and choppy.
But the kind of effort most often needed is like the effort required to hold a rose petal in the palm of your hand: not much strength is needed, but rather a continuity of remembrance like a river.
This continuity comes naturally as we access the gentle power of the heart.
If you want to let the heart direct and empower your practice, then it is worthwhile to nurture self-motivation and restfulness.


Try to recall a time when you did something just because you wanted to --not because you thought you had to, and not because you wanted to get money, prestige, or acceptance. If you can remember such a time, then you will remember how good it felt.
On the open retreats, four afternoons and one full day a week are unscheduled, so that we all have a chance to find self-motivation and to experience its joy. You don’t need to find an exciting, newsworthy pastime, with which you can “fill up” this “empty” time.
Try to find out what you most love to do and immerse yourself in that, rather than letting the unscheduled time slip by in dullness or busy-ness.


Resting is an art. We continually try to relax, but don't really know how to do it. We also very often feel that we should do “more important” things first, so that we can later enjoy a well-deserved rest. But somehow the time for rest never comes.
Bringing freshness, energy, kindness, and even cheerfulness, rest benefits formal meditation and spiritual growth tremendously. You can begin to discover restfulness through practicing the art of resting:

1) Lying down for at least half an hour every day and doing absolutely nothing--not making a to-do list, not reading, not listening to music.

2) Once your formal meditation is focused on body sensations or other aspects of the "inner world," you can recline during formal practice. To avoid sleep, you can keep one arm raised; if you start to get sleepy, the arm's falling will wake you up. Even if you fall asleep, that refreshing rest may be more beneficial than holding yourself in a rigid sitting posture, as if you are working at an desk. In fact, the meditation that happens after you awaken is likely to be fresh and bright.


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One evening I saw that the half-opened leaves of trees . . . made a pattern against the pale sky . . . . I remembered to spread the arms of my awareness towards the trees, letting myself flow round them and feed on the delicacy of their patterns till their intricacies became part of my being . . .
[I felt there was] a bird singing high in the treetops inside me.

Joanna Field,
A Life of One's Own
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I descend on my love
As dew on a flower

Mechtild of Magdeburg
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