How Japanese People Stay Fit for Life, Without Ever Visiting a Gym ~

Kaki OkumuraNov

For people stressed or intimidated by fitness culture

What Exercise Looks Like in Japan

If you take a closer look as to what exercise means to Japanese people, you’ll find that exercise equates working out. But perhaps exercise can take on forms that aren’t necessarily about going to a gym and lifting weights, or going on 10km runs. Namely, perhaps the exercise we need is the kind of exercise that is weaved into our lifestyle: walking.

“The first thing we wanted was just to get people walking. Everyone can do that. You walk, you talk, you get exercise and that helps build up a sense of community,”

— Nagano, Matsumoto’s mayor, Akira Sugenoya

https://kokumura.medium.com/how-the-japanese-exercise-to-stay-youthful-be2d6105e6e6



Boost Your Bravery

FIVE WAYS TO BE MORE COURAGEOUS IN YOUR LIFE

Strength is a universally admired quality. But more than brute force, courage is often seen as a true marker of strength. Bravery comes in many forms. And while many of us will likely never need to use it to rush into a burning building, we will rely on our courage to push us out of our comfort zones. You need a certain amount of fearlessness to stand up for your beliefs, to spark up a conversation with someone new, to move to a new town or change careers. Or to simply speak up at work or ask for a raise. Bravery isn’t something you’re born with. Chögyam Trungpa, the meditation master and author of the popular book Smile at Fear, wrote that fear can either hold you back or motivate you to awaken your bravery. Here, he and few other experts share a game plan to boost your courage…

***THERE’S MORE***

https://www.valetmag.com/living/features/2020/how-to-be-brave-110320.php?utm_source=GetShift-dot-net


Six right livelihood guidelines

Source: Moon journeying through clouds.
Zen Buddhist chants, sayings and recitations from the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom.

Consume mindfully.

  • Eat with awareness and gratitude.
  • Pause before buying and see if breathing is enough.
  • Pay attention to the effects of media you consume.

Pause. Breathe. Listen.

  • When you feel compelled to speak in a meeting or conversation, pause.
  • Breathe before entering your home, pleace of work, or school.
  • Listen to the people you encounter. They are buddhas.

Practice gratitude.

  • Notice what you have
  • Be equally grateful for opportunities and challenges.
  • Share joy, not negativity.

Cultivate compassion and loving kindness.

  • Notice where help is needed and be quick to help
  • Consider others’ perspectives deeply.
  • Work for peace at many levels.

Discover wisdom

  • Cultivate “don’t know” mind (= curiosity).
  • Find connections between Buddhist teachings and your life.
  • Be open to what arises in every moment.

Accept constant change.


Joanna Macy: Entering the Bardo

–by Joanna Macy

In this op-ed, eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy introduces us to the bardo—the Tibetan Buddhist concept of a gap between worlds where transition is possible. As the pandemic reveals ongoing collapse and holds a mirror to our collective ills, she writes, we have the opportunity to step into a space of reimagining.

We are in a space without a map. With the likelihood of economic collapse and climate catastrophe looming, it feels like we are on shifting ground, where old habits and old scenarios no longer apply. In Tibetan Buddhism, such a space or gap between known worlds is called a bardo. It is frightening. It is also a place of potential transformation.

As you enter the bardo, there facing you is the Buddha Akshobhya. His element is Water. He is holding a mirror, for his gift is Mirror Wisdom, reflecting everything just as it is. And the teaching of Akshobhya’s mirror is this: Do not look away. Do not avert your gaze. Do not turn aside. This teaching clearly calls for radical attention and total acceptance…

https://www.dailygood.org/story/2595/joanna-macy-entering-the-bardo-joanna-macy/



Here’s A Simple Breathwork Routine for a Calmer, More Centered Day

A few minutes of deep breathing may be just the thing for what ails you. by ~ EMILY ABBATE

Few fitness and wellness trends have taken over my feeds as comprehensively as breathwork has in the last few months—it’s all guys calmly sitting cross-legged or plunging into ice baths while talking about the Wim Hof Method as far as the eye can see.

Now, if you don’t know Wim Hof from Wim Wenders, I’ll refrain from criticizing your under-rock lifestyle. Created and named for the Dutch extreme athlete (also known as the Iceman), the method pairs breathing and meditation techniques with cold exposure to influence the autonomic nervous system to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Given that I live in a fourth floor walk-up with a freezer the size of a large shoe box, ice baths weren’t in my future. But a calmer, more relaxed me through just breathing? I needed to know more…

https://www.gq.com/story/how-to-get-into-breathwork?utm_source=GetShift-dot-net


Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Teachings on Thought Transformation during the Time of COVID-19 and Practice Advice

Find advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Dronme (Khadro-la), plus updates and free online learning opportunities on the page Resources for the Coronavirus Pandemic.

How to Practice Dharma during the Coronavirus Pandemic

While staying at Kopan Monastery during the COVID-19 lockdown, Lama Zopa Rinpoche is recording new video teachings on thought transformation (lojong). In them, Rinpoche urges us to use these difficult times to develop our Dharma practice.

While offering advice, oral transmissions, and instruction on practice, Rinpoche emphasizes the opportunities available to us to transform our minds using the Buddha’s teachings. By looking at the pandemic with Dharma in our minds, our daily practice of bodhichitta and wisdom can be quickly developed so that we can be most beneficial…

https://fpmt.org/fpmt/announcements/resources-for-coronavirus-pandemic/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche-for-coronavirus/


Watch “The story of Buddha : Baka brahma has misconception.” on YouTube

Satthâ deva-manussânam – Teacher of Gods and man In Buddhism, Buddha not only taught mankind but also the Gods and various spiritual beings. Although born a human, He transcended that state of being upon enlightenment. In this famous Buddhist scriptural record, we understand that delusions also afflicts the beings in heavenly realms. Gods and Goddesses […]

Watch “The story of Buddha : Baka brahma has misconception.” on YouTube

A New Theory on Exercise’s Anti-Cancer Effect ~ Alex Hutchinson (outsideonline.com)

The ability to sustain a high rate of energy burn for a prolonged period of time may help ward off cancer

Last fall, an international group of exercise oncologists published a major review of the literature on exercise and cancer. The news was good, if somewhat unsurprising. Regular exercise lowers your risk of developing a long list of cancers, in some cases by 10 to 25 percent; and if you do get cancer, exercise enhances the quality and possibly the expected length of your life…

https://www.outsideonline.com/2415412/exercise-energy-cancer-theory?utm_source=GetShift-dot-net#close