Janet Pearlman

Living in the Stream of Yes

Balance, Health and Jin Shin Jyutsu

Swimmers, 24 x 20, Acrylic with Texture on Canvas

Swimmers 2011

When I was working in downtown Boston, I figured balance was expendable– I did not have time for it. At one point I was gifted with a private demonstration of Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) Self Help, placing hands on my own body. Though I became deeply relaxed, I discounted it because I was “too busy”.

If you are wondering what Jin Shin Jyutsu is, dear reader, I call your attention to the pages on it at www.streamofyes.com .

Later in my story I did take the time to learn JSJ due to a “project” with my knee. In my first training I had strong experience and realized the importance of breaking the cycle of racing around while feeling very stressed and fatigued, pushing to get things done. Now I credit the daily practicing of JSJ with my good health for nearly thirty years.

With JSJ we address our wholeness body, mind, spirit with each hand position. We harmonize the five “attitudes” ( as JSJ calls them): worry, fear, anger, sadness, and trying to ( too much effort and pretense). With the soothing of the attitudes we come to a state the founder of this art, Mary Burmeister, calls “no thing”( we could call it “balance” or “contentment”. )

For this blog entry I offer readers a method to “harmonize” your being, bringing yourself into balance. You can do this while driving to work– even if there are passengers of various ages in your car! You put both hands on the steering wheel to drive. As you hold the wheel, place the pad of your thumb on the finger nail of the first, the index finger. Stay in that position for about two minutes. You can do it longer if you prefer. Then you move to middle finger, pad of the thumb on middle finger. Again hold two minutes.

You may do both hands at once or one at a time. Go through all five fingers. To do your thumb, put the pad of one of the other fingers on its nail ( I use the index finger usually.)

Voila! I recommend experimenting with this procedure. How do you feel after you do it? I often feel more relaxed and balanced, mind clearer, emotions calmer.

This week I am offering an online special: a complimentary half hour JSJ session to those who email me and ask. Please write to jpearl@streamofyes.com subject : free session.

If you have questions or comments, please write me. I love to respond.

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