Zen Jin Shin Energy Practice
Winter Zen Jin Shin Workshop (focusing on the Kidney energy system)
Date: Saturday, January 30 (1:30-3pm Pacific Time).
Place: In Eugene, Oregon and via Zoom. The workshop will be recorded for those who can’t make it.
Cost: donation basis via PayPal (see the donate button at the bottom of our home page). Suggested donation $20.
Register: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space (please enter the subject “Zen Jin Shin Workshop”)
Zen Jin Shin means “meditation through compassionate awareness” and is an energy practice that releases tension/blockages in the meridians of the body, harmonizing their flow. Many energy lines run through your body and each supplies its area with the necessary energy and vitality. These meridians connect to your organs too and facilitate the transfer of energy between them.
Each organ is associated with certain emotions so that, for example, releasing tension in the heart energy channels helps to release feelings of impatience/competition while bringing more connection and harmony into your life (signs of a healthy heart/small intestine).
Resistance in the meridian lines affects our health and well-being and can lead to illness over time if they stay blocked. Freeing these blockages makes us feel lighter, healthier, and happier.
Shinkai learned the practice of Zen Jin Shin from Daizan Roshi while living at Gyokuryuji Temple in Japan and while staying with Zenways in the United Kingdom. It came down to us through Daizan’s Soto Zen lineage side. It’s based on the East Asian energy meridian system and has been used in one form or another at Zen temples for many years. Although helpful across the board, it’s especially effective for people with an ongoing yoga or meditation practice. Opening your meridian lines lets you go deeper with your spiritual practice. It’s effective at freeing up un-dealt with feelings, physical tensions, and memories that lie beneath the surface of conscious awareness. It’s important to go slowly and gently with this work. Of course it’s not a substitute for medical treatment. If in doubt please check with your doctor about whether this practice might be helpful for you.
What you’ll get out of a Zen Jin Shin workshop:
a solid foundation in what Zen Jin Shin is
practice using the flow sequence to release the heart meridian lines and other resources for aligning with spring in a healthy way
direction for continuing this sequence on yourself at home as a meditation and energy practice