“Pure Heart, Simple Mind”® vol. 2, no. 12, July 1, 2004
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IN THIS ISSUE
1. Simple Story
2. Further Thoughts
5. Suggested Books
6. Suggested Music
7. Endnote and Invitation
9. Un|subscribe & Delivery
The discipline of Seishindo offers you the best of both Eastern and Western models of health and well-being. A remarkable system that merges Oriental philosophy with Western science.
Use Eastern Wisdom to transform your life,
and thrive in the Western World
San Diego, CA: July 12- 13, 2004.
Express the Essence of your Body, Psyche, and Soul -
Commit to the Life You Long For
New York City, Manhattan: July 17-18, 2004.
Strength and Peace at the Center of the Storm -
Uncovering The Hidden Gifts of Trauma
Washington, D.C.: July 23-25, 2004
1. Simple Story:
“Why do you talk so fast?”
As a young man, I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For me, going to North Carolina was very much like entering into an alien world. The culture of “The South” is quite different than the New York City culture of my childhood.
“Down South,” people move slower, take more time to make decisions, and talk much slower than New York City folk. Southerners have a lovely way of taking a simple one syllable word like “Yes” and rolling it around in their mouth so that a “Yankee” such as myself, feels like they have expanded it into three syllables. There is a lovely lilt to the way Southerners speak
One day I was driving around trying to find the house of a friend who lived out in the countryside. It was a warm summer day, and I was getting all “hot and bothered” as I realized I was lost.
As I wandered about in my car I wound up coming across a quintessential American old fashioned country gas station. A couple of gasoline pumps sitting out front of a wooden building that was also a “general store.” The building had a wide wooden porch, and sure enough a sleepy looking old man was sitting on the porch looking like he was struggling to stay awake.
I popped out of my car at New York City speed and asked the man how to get to the location I was looking for. He slowly raised his head to look at me, smiled, and said “Why don’t you have a seat and cool off a bit?”
I found his suggestion frustrating as I was already late, but there was something about the man that was very engaging, so I put aside my frustration and had a seat. He pointed to a large metal bucket filled with ice sitting next to him in the shade, and suggested that I have a bottle of “pop” (that’s Southern talk for “a soda.”) A cool drink seemed like a good idea and I had myself an Orange Squash.
I have no remembrance of most of the conversation the gentleman engaged me in, but it had nothing to do with where I was wanting to get to.
At some point in time he asked me “Why do you talk so fast?” I was surprised by his question, and had no ready reply.
“Seems to me,” the man said, “Talking fast just gets you all overheated, and on a hot day like today, slower is better.”
He really stopped me in my tracks with his remark, because on an intuitive level I understood that he was quite right.
He said, “Why don’t you take some time and relax into your thoughts, and let the words come out on their own, when they’re ready. When you hurry your thinking you hurry your words, and soon you wind up feeling like you don’t have enough time to get the job done.”
I was amazed by the man’s insight.
“The place you’re looking for is about two hundred yards down to the left.”, the man said. “Why don’t you leave your car here and walk there. Walking will slow you down, and that’s a good thing to do on a hot day like today.”
I knew he was right! I paid for my “pop”, thanked the man, and started to head towards my friend’s house.
“No need to rush! Walk a bit slower.” the man called out. “No sense overheating yourself. You’ll always have enough time if you make the time. Your friend will be happy to see you when you show up in a good mood.”
2. Further Thoughts
In Seishindo we understand words to be like food for the body. Angry, harsh words are like eating junk food. High on calories and bad for the heart. Lightly nuanced appreciative conversation can be like a fine meal at a health food restaurant.
When we talk fast, the pace of our words comes faster than the body can easily digest. A long winded fast spoken conversation, particularly if it is seasoned with resentment, can be like eating a big meal filled with grease and starch, in a few minutes time. The body will really have to struggle to keep up with the input. Fast spoken negative conversations, over the long run will erode the soft tissue of the body, and even eventually eat away at your muscle tissue and nervous system. We need to feed the body loving, healthy conversation, at a speed that the body can generatively manage.
A hurried, worried intellect, works too fast for the body to keep up with. Anxiety or stress occurs when there is an incongruence between the rhythm of the body and the rhythm of the intellect. Overfeed the body with large quantities of words and you will feel stressed out. Feed the body words faster than it can assimilate them, and again, you will experience anxiety.
Your body sends, receives, and translates messages, both verbal and non-verbal. It does so on a continuous basis twenty-four hours a day. Communication is thus an activity of the entire self. Because of this, moderate blood pressure, clear veins and arteries, relaxed muscles, and copious amounts of oxygen are also an important part of our communication process.
Relax the body when it is not in use, breathe freely and easily, and feed the body a number of small well balanced meals a day. The more you allow the body to rest when not really needed, and the more nutritious the various “foods” that you feed it, the more your body will be able to work full on for you when you need it to. When your body functions with grace and ease, your intellect becomes more creative and insightful. And this means that you will feel emotionally balanced as well.
“Breath Talking ”
This is a classic Seishindo Practice and it will begin to give you a clear insight into how you can better feed your body and your emotions with your words.
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5. Suggested Books by Cindy Franklin
“The Spirit of the Shuar” by John Perkins and Shakaim Mariano Chumpi. Published by Destiny Books.
This book offers a fascinating window into the world of a people who live in the Amazon jungles, and who have never been colonized by any outside power. A courageous, generous, and mystically minded people, they have almost no material possessions but do have ways of engaging the world that bring them joy and meaning. Most fascinating is their spirituality, healing ability, and perspective on safeguarding the earth.
6. Suggested Music
CD: Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana “Cavern of Sirens”
This is top quality ambient music. Soothing music for those of us who lead a hectic lifestyle. Great stuff for getting into a relaxing trance state.
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