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"As we enter into a new phase on Earth and the old structures begin to break down, it is paramount that we look to the innate and embrace it fully as it is. We are now well past the days of 'spiritual retreats' and spiritual trivia; now is the time to live fully and effortlessly in this moment free of everything including spirituality." - Richard L. Haight
Shinkaido (心開道) is Japanese for "the open heart path." In shinkaido, the core meditation is the foundation of all the arts that we teach and the main tool to aid us in our daily awakening to what is. Through this simple yet profound meditation method, our what is reveals itself allowing for harmony in daily life.
There is a fundamental difference between the shinkaido approach to meditation and almost every other path available. Most meditations are sedentary, with eyes closed, in an ideal environment, where there are no distractions. While this seems to be essential, it is, in fact, not beneficial in the long run for the individual.
The problem with this ideal "retreat" form of meditation is that it bears no resemblance to reality as it is. Human lives tend to be high-paced, high stress, noisy realities, at least externally, right?
The shinkaido method differs in many ways from traditional approaches in that it embraces noise, it embraces what would normally distract in other meditations. We discover that there can be remarkable clarity under pressure, under noise, under circumstances that other forms of meditation try to avoid. It is this embracing of all, even those things that are usually judged as negative, that proves out the shinkaido method. Shinkaido meditation is quite active, and because of this it is extremely invigorating and inspiring. Come join us in a meditation adventure!
Getting Started On your first visit, you will receive an introduction to the practice of shinkaido meditation. Although the external form of the meditation does not change much, the internal focus will as you progress on your personal path of awareness thus allowing everyone to practice harmoniously together. If you already have experience in other forms of meditation, we request that you set aside your accustomed method while trying the shinkaido method, so as to approach it with a totally open mind.
What to Wear/Bring 1. Flexible, comfortable clothing - any comfortable garment for meditation and physical activity, suitably modest, is fine. Tight pants, like jeans, should be avoided, as they tend to bind in a seated meditation posture. 2. Couch pillow or zabuton (for seated meditation - the couch pillow help to prop up your body and reduce strain on the spine and abdominal muscles as you sit cross-legged). Long-legged people might want to have two pillows. There are chairs available for those who would prefer to use them.
Tuesdays 5:00-5:45pm ~ Sword Fencing (limited to 12 students) 5:45-6:30pm ~ Aikijujutsu (limited to 12 students) 6:40-7:25pm ~ Stretching Meditation using yin/yang theory (limited to 12 students) 7:30-8:15pm ~ Core Meditation 8:15-9:00pm ~ Core Meditation 2
$40 per month for 1 hour per week (4 hours per month) $80 per month for 2 hours per week (8 hours per month) $120 per month for 3 hours per week (12 hours per month) $160 per month for 4 hours per week (16 hours per month) $200 per month for 5 hours per week (20 hours per month) ***One time trial fee = $15 (per class)