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Reflections and thoughts from the leadership course at The Kushi Institute
The first night last night and grateful for…A fan! Warm night, punctuated by dreams and waking in unfamiliar surroundings.
Blue jays squawking. A rabbit on the way to exercise class.
We did some Do-In exercises from the book they recommended by The Do-In Way: Gentle Exercises to Liberate the Body, Mind, and Spirit
” by Michio Kushi. Some were familiar to me from yoga classes, but most were new. The instructor shared some anecdotal healing stories with us. One about how humming is effective at clearing nasal congestion. How a patient was saved from nasal surgery after drugs didn’t work, but just prior to going into surgery a doctor held a vibrator to her sinuses and the pain cleared up. We practiced humming while closing one nostril and my nose did feel clearer. We pulled on our toes and fingers and talked about how this impacts different organs in the body.
The session accentuated how experiential the learning is while we are here. You can read about this in the books and mentally know it. To physically know it and feel it is a different level of knowing. In German there are two words for this kennen and wissen.
One thing the instructor said which stuck with me was that Michio Kushi says the purpose of life is to play and we will do well if we approach our learning with this in mind.
Bread & fruit jam/compote
Greens with summer squash quarter moons
Discharge & transition
Even though I knew a lot of the symptoms of transition & discharge, we got some good information about how to healthily reduce the severity. One “did you know”…
A cabbage leaf can reduce the swelling or pain in any area of the body.
The Kushi is starting to feel like home already. The hearth photo is from the porch in the main house. I can imagine a cozy fire in here warming up autumnal nights on the porch, back in the day. All the participants in the course are bonding as we get to know each other and the staff and volunteers are beginning to recognize us, as we are recognizing them. The communal dining hall is small enough for us all to get to know each other.
Good energy all around.