Sunset Sanchin Pilgrimage

2 Jun

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As the sun sets a new day, our path for the day winds to an end. The days events will yield to a time of introspection – how was our day, did you grasp the opportunity to walk your own path to the fullest or did you squander the day?

With the above in mind, I present the

Sunset Sanchin Pilgrimage 

Remember, the group dynamic is not fulfilled by all of us being geographically present, rather, it is fulfilled by each of us performing Sanchin in the proscribed manner.

Session Parameters:

Date: The week of Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Time: Sunset (do not adjust your time – notwithstanding that Sanchin will be performed at different times, the key component is that it be performed as the sun sets and symbolically);

Location: outdoors in nature and you should be facing the setting sun.

Salient Points: 

  • Prior to Sanchin, reflect upon your day and inventory the opportunities that presented themselves, the ones that were grasped and the one’s that fell through your grip;
  • The word “opportunities” in this context does not mean financial or beneficial opportunities. Rather, opportunities refers to you ability to do that which you desire, for example, did you take the opportunity to tell a loved one that you love them, did you hug a family member, call a friend, watch the sunset or sunrise, did you help someone who needed help – or did you simply turn your back on all these opportunities? In essence, did you “live” your day, or did you “exist” during the day?
  • Perform Sanchin as a means of ending the opportunity that the day presented;
  • After Sanchin, think of tomorrow as a new day to grasp the opportunities that escaped you today and the new opportunities that will present themselves.
  • The last requirement of this Sanchin Pilgrimage is to remain in an enraptured physical, spiritual and metaphysical state throughout the day by way of the concept of  “Zanshin” (the “remaining mind” which is discussed in my Sanchin DVD and Book).

In closing I remain,

 HANKO Sensei John Szmitkowski

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