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March 31, 2005

Ki breathing (2)

Koichi Tohei sensei's book, "Ki breathing" is now on sale. Advertisement will be on the news paper on March 31, 2005.

Also, the Ki breathing workshop will be held at Ki Society H.Q. and Tokyo main office on April 2, 2005.

I will talk more about Ki breathing.

It is essential to keep your mind and body healthy in order to become successful and maintain harmonious human relations. But, in order to do that, people often try to control themselves by suppressing their emotions.

However, if you attempt to control yourself in this way, this causes you great stress. If you feel too much stress regarding some issue, you will not be able to last long, and will give up easily.

When I teach a seminar or hold a lecture, many people ask me "how to control emotions".

Many people know that it is important to become the master of their own emotions, but they do not know how to do it.

Koichi Tohei sensei's answer is very simple: Practice Ki breathing.

As long as we live, we need to breathe. Breathing is essential to life. But we often take breathing for granted. Many people don't realize that there are varying qualities to the act of breathing.

There are basically two types of breathing. One is deep and calm breathing. The other is rough and shallow breathing. Besides after hard exercises, at what times does your breathing become rough?

- When you are nervous
- When you are upset
- When you are angry
- When you are inflamed
- When you are frightened
- When you are sick
- When you have hay fever
- When you have bad posture

When your breath is shallow and rough, it is impossible for your mind to be calm.

When your breathing becomes calm and deep, your mind also becomes calm and your emotions are controlled naturally.

You might be surprised to know, but I have had a tendency to get angry quite easily. (I guess my wife and Ki Society staff know about this very well.)

But thanks to learning Ki breathing, I no longer get angry easily. As a result of Ki breathing, I am not forced by my emotions to judge others. And I have learned that, when teaching other people, I can have patience with their development.

I have received an email from one of the students of the Ki Development school. This student taught Ki breathing to her friend who suffers from insomnia. Now all the students share her happiness that Ki breathing helped to improve her insomnia very much.

I do Ki breathing every night before go to sleep. In this way, I will be able to sleep very deeply even if I am able to sleep for only a short time.

Koichi Tohei sensei explains Ki breathing below.
"Most of the people take a shower to clean their body after they come in at the end of the day. You also receive stress in your mind throughout the day. Therefore, in a similar way, it is necessary to daily clean your mind, by practicing Ki breathing."

When your mind is clean and calm, you will be able to sleep extremely well.
Let's practice Ki breathing together.

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March 24, 2005

Listen to others talk with Ki

The fundamental principle of communication is to listen well to others.

However, in many cases, the person who says "I listen well to others" does not always do so.
What is the reason that we so often do not listen to others well?

When we think for sure that "Only my opinion is correct", then we ignore others value and we insist only on our opinion.

If we think "I have already heard this story", then we do not listen to others complete their thought.

If we have our head in the clouds or are obsessed with something, we cannot listen to others well.
When we feel pressed or cower in front of a scary person, we will not be able to understand what is being said.

When we are exhausted, we do not have an open mind and we do not feel like listening to others talk.

Also, if we become emotional with another person, we will not be able to listen well. If others' talking is unclear and it is irritating to us, this is the same.

When we are not able to listen to others, this shows our state of our mind.

We tend to have this bad habit with relatives. I do my very best to listen well to Ki Society members talk, however, sometimes I unwittingly do not listen my wife's talk well.
However, I have been learning. Therefore, when I find that I do not listen to her, I mend my mistake and listen carefully.

If we do not use some part of our mental capability, then that part deteriorates. If you do not practice listening to others talk well, then that part of the brain remains undeveloped, or even may deteriorate. Therefore you will unconsciously not be able to listen well to others talk

This is frightening condition.

There is great value in "listening to others talk".
If you have a mind that accepts others and listens to others talk, this shows that you can extend Ki to others, and that you value them. You will be free from prejudice, and your mind will not cling to anything.

There are a lot of ways to apply Ki principles in our daily life, but I think that "listening to others talk well" may be the most valuable and important thing to us. We cannot put anything above it in daily life.

Let's practice it together.

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March 22, 2005

Teaching at Oneness rhythm exercise seminar

The Oneness rhythm exercise three-day seminar was held at Ki no Sato from March 19th (Sat) to 21(Mon), 2005.

Over sixty students attended this seminar and it was a great success. The seminar was held in a relaxed atmosphere with smiling participants from start to finish. (I am sitting at the centre of the first row with white clothes in the picture below)
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I taught Ki principles that are fundamental to the oneness rhythm exercise. And Yuuki Sawai sensei mainly taught oneness rhythm exercise.

It was not on the prior schedule, but there was a class that Yutaka Otsuka sensei taught on Kiatsu and Ki-aikido movement based on the oneness rhythm exercise.

Many of the participants understood that the oneness rhythm exercise is not an exercise that just moves their body, but is to realize their own mind.

The posture with Ki and without Ki
The movement with Ki and without Ki
The rhythm with Ki and without Ki
The human relationship with Ki and without Ki

While the participants experienced Ki through oneness rhythm exercise, they realized how to apply Ki principles in their daily lives.

On the last day of the seminar, we held a competition to check the fruits of the three days for themselves. Four of the participants won prizes.

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The students of Nihon University and International Christian University attended this seminar to apply oneness rhythm exercise to Ki-aikido. I was deeply impressed by their attitude to study Ki seriously.

I really appreciate all of the participants of the seminar.
We will hold a one-day oneness rhythm exercise seminar on April 24th, Sunday in Tokyo. Why not join us?!

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March 17, 2005

Ki breathing

What is the most difficult thing to realize? The answer is the self. This is because we cannot see ourselves directly.

To know yourself, you need to look in a mirror or ask other people about yourself.
This can also be applied to our condition.

Our mind and body are constantly changing. Often, we do not notice these changes. Even if we think that we are the same today as we were yesterday, our condition of mind and body are different everyday.

There are days when every thing goes well, and then some days when things go less well.
This happens not only because of good or bad events around you, but also because of the changes in your condition.

When we feel that food has a bad taste, the food may actually have a bad taste, in some cases. But sometimes we feel the food has a bad taste because our condition is not good.
It is important to correctly notice subtle changes in your condition. If you notice these subtle changes, you can rest before catching a cold or you can do something before your mind becomes minus.

Well then, how will we be able to notice such subtle changes correctly?

The answer is to check the condition of your mind and body through Ki breathing.
If you practice Ki breathing the same time everyday, you will find sometimes you can breathe comfortably, but sometimes it is not comfortable to breathe.

If you are uncomfortable when practicing your Ki breathing, this might be signal that something is wrong with your condition. Similarly, this may indicate that you are undergoing some sort of stress without being aware of it.

When you practice Ki breathing correctly, your blood circulation becomes good, and your life power is fully activated. Because of this, you will be able to realize the subtle changes of your mind and body.

There is a famous pianist who is a student of Koichi Tohei sensei. The first thing the pianist does when he sits in front of the piano is to do Ki breathing. To perform piano always at the same level, it is important to know the condition of the mind, then calm his mind and play.
It is very important to always maintain a calm mind in any area such as a business, education, art, sports.

Let's practice Ki breathing together.

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March 13, 2005

Ki seminar in Tochigi

I taught Ki principles at Ki seminar in Tochigi today.

Ki seminar is held once a month. You can learn how to use Ki in your daily life at Ki Seminar. Ki seminars are held all over the Japan, and I am a lecturer of Tochigi Ki seminar.

Ki Seminar is open for students of Ki Development Institute. Therefore, many students come to Ki seminar and study Ki principle together.

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Tochigi Ki seminar has morning class and afternoon class. And theme of each classes are different.

The theme of the morning class was "Quality of the movements (movements with Ki)".

The participants experienced the difference between "movement with Ki" and "movement without Ki" in daily life movement. (For example, raise you hand, shaking hands, gentle back, walking and so on)

And we experienced Kiatsu. We put our own hands with Ki on the below of collarbone. We just put our hands with Ki, but we could feel very good feeling. Soon, the tough part become tender, and easy to breeze.

For Ki Development Institute students, they did not just study Ki principle from teacher but they themselves studied how to tell Ki principle to other people. I asked every Ki Development Institute student to explain what they had learned at the seminar. It seems that they learned if they change their view from just a students to a students who try to tell Ki another people, they could learn more deeply.

The theme of afternoon was "Quality of breathing (Breathing with Ki)".

First, we checked our posture if it is oneness with the Universe. After checked our posture, we practiced deep, calm and comfortable breeze. We realised that there is a big difference when we use Ki or not.

Then, I told how to distinguish calm breath and hard breath. If you know this, you can feel the change of your family and friends' mind and body without fail. I taught this new viewpoint to the participants.

In Tochigi Ki seminar, every 6 months (six times) is basic program. (You can join any month)

Ki seminar is just one day seminar, but you will be able to learn many and deeply. Let's study together. I am looking forward to seeing you at the Ki Seminar.

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March 10, 2005

Stay Sharp!

We had a special training in our Ki Development institute in late February. This was a five day seminar, and this was one of the big events of Ki no Sato.

Those of you who attended the training already know this, but three of our staff were down with the flu. Each of those three had a big event before the seminar, and they took their day off for this big event, then they let their mind drift.

Tohei sensei said, "to catch a cold means you to try to catch a cold by yourself."
Many people think that they cannot help but catch a cold. However, it is not a thing which you cannot help. If you think this way, you will catch a cold often!

When we have something very important to concentrate on, we seldom catch a cold. We tend to catch a cold when we have a holiday rather than having a very important task. Then, we have to spend our holiday in bed. Some of you may have experienced this.

We catch a cold in this way because we loose our Ki.

We have a habit of dropping our Ki when we finish something. The important thing is to immediately switch your mind to what is next. All you have to do is to first set your Ki to the next purpose, then you take your holiday and relax.

For example, if you take your holidays on the weekends, you make preparation for the next working day before the holidays. Then, you will enjoy your holidays without thinking about your work. You can give your mind to your holidays 100%.

When Koichi Tohei Sensei returned from battle field after World War II, he did not rest but he started to work in the field the very next day. He knew that if he let his mind drift, there would be a great effect upon his body. In reality, some soldiers who went to Onsen (hot springs) and rested quietly soon after returning from the battle field found themselves becoming weaker and weaker little by little, until finally they passed away.

So be sure to set your mind to the next purpose after you have completed a task. This is an easy way to use your mind, yet this has a great effect on our lives. I used to catch a cold a few times a year, but I have learned how to use my mind and practice Ki breathing, I have not caught a cold in years.

If you are very busy, please try this.

It is useless to simply possess the knowledge of Ki principles. First, we, the Ki Society staff, must practice Ki principles.

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March 08, 2005

Oneness rhythm exercise and Ki-Aikido

I have received many remarks about this weblog from the readers of Ki society mail magazine. Half of those readers study Ki-Aikido.

Therefore, I will talk about relationship between Oneness rhythm exercise and Ki-aikido.

Oneness rhythm exercise is essential for the people those who study Ki-aikido. However, many of those people think that Oneness rhythm exercise is one thing and Ki-Aikido is another. Therefore, limited Ki-Aikido students study Oneness rhythm exercise positively.

When I was a University student, I belonged to Ki Aikido club of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. My teacher was Yutaka Otsuka sensei and he taught us at least once a week. Besides Otsuka sensei's class, our club had practice six times a week. I practiced Ki-Aikido more than 20 hours per week.

Therefore, I felt that it is not necessary for me to study Oneness rhythm exercise.

After graduated the University, I became Uchideshi(apprentice) of the Tohei sensei. Once I became Uchideshi, I could not refuse to study Oneness rhythm exercise! (*laugh*) Naturally I started to practice Oneness rhythm exercise everyday. After two weeks of practice, I perceived a change of myself.

- I could feel tension of my body.
- I endeavored to do correct rhythm, I could relax in each motion.
- I was able to understand my teacher's teaching more deeply than before.

Oneness rhythm exercise made so much difference to my Ki-Aikido movements.

We learn many things from our teacher in daily life. However, we understand it in our own way. Sometimes we tend to think, I have already understood Ki principles well.

Once we think "I have understood", our development stops even we receive teachings from our teachers. However, we can find and correct our bad habit and misunderstanding through learning and practicing Oneness rhythm exercise.!

If there are students who are going to take Dan promotion test, please attend Oneness rhythm seminar to check if your understanding is in your own way or not. I think that studying Oneness rhythm exercise is the fastest way to pass the promotion test.

In the past, many of those Ki-Aikido students attended the Oneness rhythm exercise seminar because their teacher told them to go. However, after attended the seminar, they remarked, "I understood how much I did not relax!", "My view point changed completely!", "I understood what my teacher really taught me always!".

Oneness rhythm exercise seminar will be held at Ki no Sato, Tochigi in March. Let's study Oneness rhythm exercise together!

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