In these times, we want to reconnect with nature — using a stick to connect with heaven (aspiration) and earth at the same time (“tenshijin” in Shintaido). And I add a tip on working from home while staying active.
So many of us longing to get out of the house. Thought I’d show a few simple Shintaido exercises you can do with a stick and connect with nature.
all those little waves / made by ducks across the pond / paddling little feet (Notes: It’s the third day now after everything seemed to change: cancellations one after another as we all seemed to collectively realize covid-19 is a major serious threat that will change our lives. And yet…there are those little ducks across the pond, paddling their little … Read More
to be sunlit waves / to be the round stones below / to belong to this (Notes: I had a couple things going on here…I had been doing some Shintaido exercises at Lake Massapoag that connect to nature with a staff — reaching up to the sky, down to the earth, out to the horizon. And I have been participating … Read More
winter lake shore walk —frozen rocks and icy waves / wintertime shining / (Notes: Lake Massapoag has been pretty amazing in the Winter. Once I overcome the reluctance to step out into the cold world, I discover things I’ve never seen before. The interplay of liquid water and frozen ice on top, especially when the sun comes out and makes … Read More
Clouds sunk down in pond —and some small creature kicking /ripples in the sky (Notes: This is the little frog pond on my running trail I like to visit to do some stretching and breathing midway on my run. A warm January day, and I was drawn to ripples in the water. What is it? I stepped closer, poked the … Read More
Hike up the Blue Hills /to find gravity still felt /by a frozen stream (Notes: A warm January day today — enough to make for an interesting mix of frozen and liquid. The Blue Hills hiking trail (red markers) travels over several large boulders, leading to all kinds of play with flowing water. I had been playing with the contrast … Read More
Not the big waves that / crash on shore — the little ones / reach and pull you in (Notes: it was so peaceful sitting at the Lake watching this at sunset. Mesmerizing. My friend Cyril from Shintaido UK commented on facebook “…sweetly singing sirens (Tales of brave Ulysesses)”. And I think that might be what’s going on here…the sirens … Read More
Walk by the lake’s shore / look down at iced pebbles and / find the lake’s heartbeat (Notes: This haiku was one of the most liked that I’ve posted on the Sharon What’s Up facebook group, and I think it’s because it’s such a striking image that leads up to the phrase “lake’s heartbeat.” The lake becomes magical in the … Read More
After last year’s post-pumpkin season festivity, I upped the ante and defended myself from two pumpkins this year. (As always, the best approach is simply to avoid bad pumpkins in the first place).
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