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yomirisu online Vol.2 At times like this, Zazen at home

April 21, 2020

yomirisu online Vol.2  こんなときこそ、おうち坐禅

"Zazen" featured in yomirisu vol.5.

Some people may have been hesitant about the special feature, which is unusual for a knitting magazine, but...
When I proposed to Ms. Tokuko and Ms. Meri, they did not flinch and enjoyed the experience.

In Kyoto, there are many places where you can get familiar with zazen, and I started participating in it as if I were doing yoga.
For a while, I let go of my smartphone and watch,
Separate from daily life and spa.
I don't have that kind of time,
Zazen, which can be done anywhere, is perfect.

If you knit all the time, your body will get stiff and you will probably have to concentrate on something,
I hope you all like it
I felt like that, and I wish I could incorporate it into my daily life.

The zazen session at Machiya Otonari in Kyoto, led by Hiroki Haga, head priest of the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism and chief priest of Rengeji Temple, who served as a guide, usually starts at 9:00 a.m., and I'll be on the bus. To be honest, there are mornings when I think it's a little troublesome...
When I go there, my mind and body feel refreshed.

While adjusting your breathing, lightly move your body to loosen it,
Sit quietly for a while.
Then, will the distractions be cleared away!?
Schedule, appearance, fatigue, SNS...
It clears my head that I've done a lot of things, and I can see what I really want to do now and what's important.

Zazen can be done by yourself, but in my experience, it's the same as yoga, and it's easier to concentrate if you're guided.
There are things that cannot be conveyed in magazines,
If you come to Kyoto someday, I'd like you to participate in a zazen meeting...
If you think so!
Mr. Kota Kuroki, a photographer of "Machiya Otonari", took a picture and asked me to do zazen at home in response to the recent situation.
Mr. Haga's zazen video has been uploaded!

It is a video that conveys the atmosphere of the zazen meeting.
Please try it even when you want to change your mood with the feeling of participating there.
If you have a moment in your daily life to adjust your mind, you can be yourself even if something happens. I feel like that.

Aki Miyashita
I live in Kyoto and work as an editor and writer.
"yomirisu" Vol.6 is in production!

The photos of the zazen experience were taken by Ms. Natsuko Ishikawa for "yomirisu" Vol.5.

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