Saturday, July 25, 2009
On Friday I attended a Jin Shin Jyutsu Retreat at the Fried Egg Movement Studio. I had no idea what it was. But the course description said it would be a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. Lunch was included. This Japanese healing/living modality is one of "effortless reality."
There were just three of us and the leader. We lay on the floor covered with blankets, it was a cold and rainy day. For 1 1/2 hours the leader guided us in a meditation in which she would tell us to hold one or the other of our fingers. I know. Sounds odd. I went way under in this meditation to a space of calm and peace.
Each finger represents an emotion. The thumb is worry, the index finger fear, the middle finger anger, the ring finger sadness, the pinky is trying too hard. They also connect to body organs. So, if you feel angry you can hold your middle finger. Or worried hold your thumb or if you dare suck your thumb.
You harmonize your attitudes through finger holding. We had a delcious lunch in a funky old twenties farmhouse near a lake. Then another meditation. Then two of us made a soulcollage.
Interesting and fun to be with others and meet new people.
Oh, in case you wonder. Fried Egg? I asked. The farmhouse, seen from a distance, looks like a fried egg. The house is yellow, and it is surrounded by a white porch. The current owner ferrited this tale out over the years and from among other stories of how the farm got its name. Another note: although there is a conventional bathroom, there is also an outhouse which I used! What a trip.
Top photo is the soul collage card I made at the retreat second photo is a workshop handout