About

Beyond Our Best: Creators Uplifting Individuals, Organizations and Nations

Origin and Founders of Project Dr. Paul Briot & Nathalie Ishizuka

The movement Beyond Our Best originated about ten days after March 11th 2011, when Dr. Paul Briot and Nathalie Ishizuka met at a dinner party in Brussels, Belgium and began to talk about Japan and the use of crisis to elevate.  Intrigued by this unusually modest and wise Ph.D. in philosophy and Professor of Comparative religion, who spoke neither of religion nor philosophy — Nathalie could not leave his side.

japanMarch11.1The turning point for Nathalie to find a way to come to Japan was when Paul drew a curve indicating the use of crisis and March 11th to go beyond a previous best and asked her if she understood. 

Having worked with her father, Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, a Japanese Harvard trained psychiatrist on well-being beyond a previous best, she had seen this curve countless times.

She was certain it could be achieved on an individual level.  Indeed, since her childhood she had seen several hundred Japanese, American, European and other nationalities do so with her father.

“But using crisis to go beyond a previous National Best — and not just an economic or political sense — but in a morale, aesthetic, existential or spiritual sense —  this was new to me,” says Nathalie. 

Determined, she found a way to come to Japan and to work with Japanese artists and other creative individuals spending four years in Japan (from August 2012 to August 2016) seeking individuals who could do just that.  Working with people from different fields, many who have never formaly meditated, she did what needed to be done at whatever level required.  “Only a small seed was planted,” says Nathalie, a seed that is blossoming.  And despite her intensity and efforts, she knew whatever she and her colleagues did is a very small drop in a vast ocean.

 

paulbriot-1About Dr. Paul Briot

Dr. Paul Briot, Ph.D. in philosophy and professor of Comparative Religion, calls for artists to help us experience wisdom.

Writer, Essayist, Poet, Philosopher, Professor of Comparative Religion

Ph.D. in Philosophy.  Professor at the University Center of Charleroi (CUNIC) and at the Faculty of Comparative Religion, Antwerp (F.V.G), Belgium.

 

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About Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka

Nathalie L. Ishizuka, a Franco-Japanese from New York, sees crisis as an opportunity to re-invent ourselves.

Director Beyond Our Best, Worked over 25 years on a Psychology of Health and Happiness, Entrepreneur, Artist, Writer,  Individual & Societal Change, Yoga (certified teacher of Advanced Yoga Practices)

M.A.L.D. Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (admin in cooperation with Harvard), M.B.A. HEC, B.A. Amherst College,summa cum laude, Article 9 of Japanese Constitution.  Keio University & Seishin Joshi Gakuin exchange.

Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka, MALD Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, MBA, Individual & Societal Change, Yoga

Nathalie Ishizuka, a Franco-Japanese from New York, decided to learn how to meditate on a day she was so joyful that she needed nothing more of this world.

She is the Director of Beyond Our Best a movement she cofounded with a 90 Belgian philsopher that sees crisis as an opportunity to re-invent ourselves silently after the tusami, earthquake and nuclear incident in Japan.  Her work in Singapore continues with meditation and talented Japanese artists who can elevate us with works of great beauty that inspire silence.

Today Nathalie is accompanying a few individuals committed to changing themselves, their organizations and their fields with tested techniques of meditation and one area of competence beyond a previous best.  As a certified Advanced Yoga Practices yoga and meditation teacher and also a life coach she tackles issues that matter most to people at their very core.

Nathalie Ishizuka Meditating on a One Month Meditation Training in Advanced Yoga Practices Thailand October 2018

“Mediation is the core of all fundamental change and innovation,” says Ishizuka.  “Unless we meditate consciously or unconsciously, for the most part we are just repeating the past.  It is only through inner silence that we can re-invent ourselves and this world.”

“My dream is to see a world with an additional 10, 100 or 1000 people in each country who meditate at high levels and experience a competence in one field of expertise where they go far beyond a previous best.  This includes CEOs, doctors, scientists, artists, engineers, diplomats, homemakers and world leaders.  “Such an individual and collective journey may be just enough to transform ourselves and our world,” says Ishizuka.

Born February 22, 1970 in Paris of a French mother and Japanese father, but raised in New York, Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka is of three cultures.

Her thesis on Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution received written praise by Colonel Charles Kades, who wrote the Constitution under MacArthur, and the Doshisha Asian Studies Award.

To teach herself Japanese, Ishizuka studied at Keio University and during high school at Seishin Joshi Gakuin (all Japanese) on exchange.

After graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College in political science, her interest in happiness and the mind at its best, lead her to work for over twenty years with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, a Japanese Harvard trained psychiatrist from Keio Medical School, on psychological well-being across cultures, health, happiness and the use of individual crisis to go far beyond a previous best level of adjustment.

After working several years with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, in 1995 her desire to extend assumptions about healthy human beings to other fields including economics, organizations and international affairs lead her to complete the Master’s program on Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, and an MBA at HEC in Paris, two classes on innovation and organizations at Harvard Business School and the winter program on negotiation at Harvard Law.

As a graduate student, Nathalie Ishizuka applied the health concepts (called Lifetrack) to Oliver Williamson’s theory of the firm (2009 Nobel Laureate in Economics).  The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School published her working paper dealing with Lifetrack concepts and mediation. Ishizuka’s work on psychology and the GATT (now WTO) resulted in a correspondence with Arthur Dunkel, former head of the World Trade Organization.  Her work, “Lessons from Preventive Health to Preventive Diplomacy,” received the attention of former U.N. Secretary General Boutros-Boutros Ghali and won the Eisaku Sato Memorial Essay Award from the U.N. University in Tokyo.

To teach herself about new media, and promoting health and the mind at its best through entertainment and technology, she founded in Paris a small innovative media company with Warner Music and France Telecom as principal clients.  She was about to start a third most promising firm to finance her ideas about health and happiness with a MIT engineer but life events interestingly took her on a most different and memorable route.

After the tsunami, in August of 2012 Nathalie returned to Japan to work with Japanese artists on a new philosophy in face of natural and man-made crisis.  Together with Dr. Paul Briot, Ph.D. in philosophy and Professor of Comparative Religion, she uses crisis and March 11th to imagine a New Japan.  By helping Japanese artists enjoy the process of their own creation, she believes she can create far more change than on her own.

Nathalie’s inter-disciplinary approach integrating the psychology of individuals, organizations & the nation state has lead her to work with individuals from many fields and to receive the George A. Plimpton Fellowship for the study of social, economic & political institutions.

Nathalie now lives in Singapore.  Today her work continues with meditation and talented Japanese artists who can elevate us with works of great beauty that inspire silence.  Her current interests involve deepening and broadening her work with artists and those involved in societal change including learning from individuals from India and China.

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Today Nathalie is accompanying a few individuals committed to changing themselves, their organizations and their fields with tested techniques of meditation and one area of competence beyond a previous best.  As a certified Advanced Yoga Practices yoga teacher and a life coach she tackles issues that matter most to people at their very core.

A highly creative thinker across disciplines, Nathalie’s strength is joy and her ability to help individuals do what they love most in a way that can benefit themselves and others.  She continues to learn from many and is a novice in all things.

 

Languages:  English Native. French Native.  Japanese proficient. To teach herself Japanese, Ishizuka studied at Keio University and during high school at Seishin Joshi Gakuin (all Japanese) on exchange.

Bibliography of Selected Works by Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka

A Letter to Japanese Friends, Dr. Paul Briot and Leiko Ishizuka, published in English and Japanese by the chief editor of Sogensha in Osaka in 日本語臨床フォーラム, web journal dealing with psychology psychotherapy and art, 2012.

Ishizuka, Nathalie, “The Psychological Make or Buy Decision: Psychology and Transaction Cost Economics,” Boston, August 1997.  Paper presented at the Academy of Management.

“Lifetrack Assumptions about Conflict Resolution & Third Party Intervention: A Case Study of Kissinger in the Middle East,” Published as Working Paper, July 1995.  Harvard Law Program on Negotiation.

Article 9 : United Nations “Obligations” vs. Japanese Constitutional Restraints Amherst College, summa cum laude thesis, 1992. Pages 240. Copy requested for U.N. Library.  Comments by the Founder of the 1946 Japanese Constitution, Colonel Charles Kades, who wrote the draft Constitution under MacArthur. Doshisha Asian Studies Prize.

“Lessons from Preventive Health to Preventive Diplomacy” U.N. University, Eisaku Sato Memorial Foundation Award for Essay, 1996.

Nathalie and Meditation

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Nathalie Ishizuka, MBA, Masters in Law & Diplomacy, Yoga Teacher Certified in Advanced Yoga Practices

Nathalie Ishizuka, a Franco-Japanese from New York, decided to learn how to meditate on a day she was so joyful that she needed nothing more of this world.

Soon after that joyful day, she began to meet a series of strong meditators.  Her first meeting was at a Tibetain center with Lama Yeshe Losal who had meditated in seclusion for many years in the forest and also more than once a 49 day meditation in a dark enclosed box (most humans go crazy after a few days).  Nathalie later returned to that Tibetain center to meet Yeshe’s elder brother, a lama and doctor, named Akong Rinpoche.  Both brothers started the first Tibetain monastery Samye Ling Monastary in Europe in Scotland in the 1970s.  Knowing little of the Kagyu school, Nathalie later took Ken Holmes 3 year on-line course on Tibetain Buddhism.

After the meeting with Yeshe, Nathalie was intrigued at the capacity of the human mind to go beyond previous boundaries.

Soon after starting a meditation practice, the tsunami, nuclear and earthquake shook Japan and Nathalie to the core.  Having had repeated dreams about a tsunami ever since she was little and a great love for the Japanese, the event moved Nathalie profoundly and a deep desire to go to Japan to be with the Japanese was born.

About 10 days after the tsunami, Nathalie met her principal raja yoga teacher in Europe and a series of teachers who were to assist her to meditate and to go to Japan.

Today Nathalie is the Director of Beyond Our Best a movement that began in Japan after the tsunami, earthquake and nuclear incident and focuses on using crisis to re-invent ourselves silently.  She began this movement with a 90 year old Belgian philosopher, Dr. Paul Briot.

Nathalie’s intensive yoga practice focuses on raja yoga daily for the last seven years with her teacher who has practiced for over 60 years (and whose humility is such that he selects his own students and does not share his identity).  She also practices and is a certified teacher of Yoga Advanced Practices (AYP) having done 200 hours of training in asanas, pranyama, meditation and samyama (backed by the Yoga Alliance).  AYP is founded by the American yogi Yogani who has published many books and taught thousands of fortunate yogis through his effective system of yoga that leads to full transformation.

AYP teaches deep meditation in a manner so effective and simple that anyone can learn.

“It is the most effective for those who want to have a profound transformatory effect but have limited time and a family-work life making it difficult to visit an ashram for full immersion,” says Ishizuka.  There are of course very other effective forms of yoga, but this one comes naturally to me, is profound, and is accessible to all in the convenience and privacy of your home.  It also has all the elements that lead to enlightment and not limited to mere asanas (asanas is useful to loosen up obstructions prior to meditation but only 1/8 of yoga according to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras).

Nathalie is an AYP contact for coaching, retreats and training in Singapore and continues to practice with a small handful of individuals the raja yoga of her main teacher.  She now works with two Japanese training AYP in Japan and her shodo teacher who is also teaching shodo and AYP.

Nathalie is fortunate to work with geniuses in a variety of fields including yogis.  “I am infinitely small compared to any of these people,” says Ishizuka.  When it is not possible for Nathalie to accompany someone as far as she would like, she seeks out the people who can.  “I am not an expert in highly specialized fields nor fluent yet in Japanese, but when I lack the answers or the expertise, I am good at finding, meeting, and working with those who do,” says Ishizuka.  “I am also very lucky.”

To help people at whatever level they may be, in addition to her central practice of raja yoga, Nathalie has studied several forms of meditative practices.  In Singapore she follows the cleansing and pranayama techniques of Nikam Yoga in an Indian temple, private lessons of hatha yoga with Vikram from Rishikesh and has been fortunate to learn from Sadhguru‘s trainings in Singapore, Malaysia and India.  She also tested and admires the efficacy of a few Kriya yoga practices from the Bihar school found in Yoga and Kriya by Swami Satyananda Saraswati but has not found a teacher in this school.

“Sadhguru is able to energize a space in a manner I have never experienced before,” says Ishizuka, “and makes me realize how little I know.  I think he is an advanced Kriya yogi, of which there may be few in this world.”  Nathalie began to discover Ayurveda and pranayama with a formidable Nepalese yogi and doctor Nirmal Raj Gyawali in Tokyo and continues to learn from the Ayurvedic Dr. Pinky Kamut in Singapore.

Nathalie was introduced briefly to Soto-Zen thanks to the kindness of a Japanese monk Chudo Yamamoto.  Intrigued by China, Nathalie met just before leaving Tokyo a great Qigong master, Shu Seika at Arisugawa park and will study with a  Tao and Qigong master, Mantak Chia in January.  Moved by two Catholic sisters of Bethlehem in the Catskills, Nathalie feels at home in the silence of their monestery and in awe of their their inner beauty and joy.

Having met profound individuals from different paths, Nathalie recognizes that there are many paths to the human spirit and there is much she does not know.  Her strength is joy and her ability to help individuals do what they love most in a way that can benefit themselves and others.

She continues to learn from many and considers herself a novice in all things.  “I am just like everyone else — and in no way do I consider myself a teacher.”

“You can’t teach meditation,” says Ishizuka.  “You can only share it.”

While learning and pushing herself sometimes too hard these last seven years, Nathalie wishes to be the change she wants to see in this world.

“I hope to live fully and bring a glimpse of inner silence to this world each day.  My teachers have showed me that it is possible to experience serenity and balance in any context but also the capacity to act in the world more lovingly, more effortlessly and far far more effectively,” says Ishizuka.   “Let’s begin there.”

May our path be steady, may it be joyful and may we move far beyond the best in all of us.  Together.

Dr. Paul Briot, Writer, Essayist, Poet, Philosopher, Professor of Comparative Religion

Paul’s latest book reprinted in 2017 calls on artists to imagine existential art at its height.

paulbriot-1Dr. Paul Briot, Ph.D. in philosophy and Professor of Comparative Religion, calls for artists to help us experience wisdom.  He works closely with Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka on using crisis to imagine a new Japan.  Paul believes that when art succeeds in evoking both balance and the fullness of existence, the experience of art elevates man and inspires a longing for knowledge, human solidarity and a broad vision of liberty.

Ph.D. in Philosophy.  Professor at the University Center of Charleroi (CUNIC) and at the Faculty of Comparative Religion, Antwerp (F.V.G), Belgium.

He is the author of poetic essays, articles and books on the subject of the utilization of crisis, sincerity, artistic creation, and the clarity of objectives.  Professor at the University Center of Charleroi (CUNIC) and at the Faculty of Comparative Religion, Antwerp (F.V.G), Belgium.

Dr. Paul Briot Longer Bio

paulbriot2Born in Schaerbeek, Belgium, July 1, 1922.  Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Professor at the University Center of Charleroi (CUNIC) and at the Faculty of Comparative Religion, Antwerp (F.V.G), Belgium.

Paul believes that when art succeeds in evoking both balance and the fullness of existence, the experience of art elevates man and inspires a longing for knowledge, human solidarity and a broad vision of liberty.

He is the author of poetic essays, articles and books on the subject of the utilization of crisis, sincerity, artistic creation, and the clarity of objectives.

Today Paul’s work focuses on the use of crisis as a means to elevate ourselves spiritually.  In his poetic essay Le Rayonnant, un art vers l’infini he invites us to imagine existential art at its height, bringing man closer to a form of universal wisdom broad enough to be recognized and accepted both in the East and the West.  Some of his artistic propositions relevant to the Japanese are re-printed on this site.

His interest and respect for many nations and cultures as well as his admiration for Japan, has lead him to work with Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka on using March 11th for individual and societal change.

Paul Briot, Ph.D. in philosophy, lives in Brussels and is a member of the faculty of Comparative Religion, Antwerp (F.V.G).

Beyond Our Best: Knowledge, Compassion, Liberation

Paul’s work focuses on the use of crisis as a means to elevate ourselves spiritually.  He works with individuals on inspiring knowledge, compassion, liberation and realization of what is most noble or beautiful within.

In his 1989 book, The Structure of Existence he uses the following illustration to depict going beyond a previous best equilibrium.  Zone 3 is the area that exceeds our experience of the past at our best.  It can apply to any areas of our life and represents unchartered territory.

Paul Briot Beyond Equilibrium

« From individual crisis it is possible to emerge enriched with a new equilibrium that surpasses in value, in human significance the previous equilibrium that the crisis came to shatter.   A crisis can make of us beings that are less divided, more coherent.  They can push us to create a life far deeper in significance and depth.»

— Dr. Paul Briot

To help us beyond a previous best equilibrium, his book, The Structure of Existence shows his students how they can use a crisis, greater sincerity with themselves, artistic creation, and the clarity of objectives to provide one’s existence with a meaning that is uniquely our own.  He suggests that as we resolve life’s most important questions, we must reflect that we belong to groups far larger than ourselves that engulf all of mankind.

Bibliography of Selected Books & Articles by Dr. Paul Briot

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Dr. Paul Briot’s background and personal research has helped him acquire a certain understanding of several great mystics.

In addition to research in historical psychology found in specialized reviews and academic articles in his field, the author has published several essays, including essays of a poetic nature.

A Letter to Japanese Friends, Dr. Paul Briot and Leiko Ishizuka, published in English and Japanese by the chief editor of Sogensha in Osaka in 日本語臨床フォーラム, web journal dealing with psychology psychotherapy and art, 2012.

L’Europe projet d’existence: propositions, Le Soir, 30 Juin 1993; p. 2.

Vers la plénitude de la vie, essai, Larcier, Bruxelles, 1966 ; 2e éd., 1983 ; 3e et 4eéd., 1984 ; traduction néerlandaise, F.V.G., Anvers, 1985 ; 2e éd. 1990 ; 8e éd. 1994

Futur 1. Que vouloir ?, poème dramatique, Caractères, Paris, 1982 ; 2e éd., 1983 ; 3e éd., 1985

La structuration de l’existence, essai, Presses du CUNIC, Charleroi, 1989

Un art au service de l’Esprit, Acta Comparanda, XIII, 2002, pp.125-131.

Le rayonnant.  Un art de nos aspirations, Le journal des poètes, 2, 2003, pp. 4-5.

Le rayonnant… un art vers l’Infini… , essai, Caractères, Paris, 2004, 2017.

L’artiste des soleils, L’arbre à paroles, 129, 2005, pp. 23-33.

Contact Publisher Caractères, Paris, France

For English, Japanese, or other language translation rights to Paul Briot’s essay Le Rayonnant, un art vers l’infini contact his publisher Caractères in Paris.

Paul Briot’s work is published under the Cahiers & Cahier collection and the most recent edition in 2017 includes calligraphy works of Saiso Shimada. Contact Publisher: Editions Caractères, Collection: Cahiers & Cahiers, 7, rue de l’Arbaléte, 75005 Paris, France.  Tel: (++33) 01.43.37.96.98   Fax: (++33) 01.43.37.26.10   Email: Contact@editions-caracteres.fr

Founded in 1950 this publisher has published many reknown writers, poets, mystics, and artists (to illustrate texts), including Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, Sri Aurobindo, and Pablo Picasso.

To Buy Dr. Paul Briot’s Book Edition with QR Codes for Mobile Music Nakamura Masaki and Saiso Shimada’s Paintings From Editor Press Link (Ships Internationally):

Paul Briot – Le Rayonnant, un art vers l’infini

Paul Briot Le Rayonnant…un art vers l’Infini… 2004, 2017, 2018. Published by Caracteres, France.

Inter-Disciplinary Team

To accompany indivduals at the individual, corporate or national level , far beyond a previous best in one area of competence, we draw on inter-disciplinary experts in a variety of fields from both East and West.  Each has their own approach and no two are necessarily affiliated.

About Dr. Yukio Ishizuka Beyond A Previous Best Level of Happiness & Creativity

Japanese Harvard Trained Psychiatrist & Artist Develops Paradigm of Health applied in US, Europe and Japan

Yukio IshizukaDr. Yukio Ishizuka graduated from Keio University Medical School, Tokyo, Japan in 1964.  He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Mass Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School in 1969.  He is the founder of Japan International Medical Students Association (JIMSA), which received the coveted Japanese Health Culture Award in 2007 by the Minister of Japanese Health at the Japanese Imperial Palace.  Author of Self-Actualization, Publisher Kodansha (Tokyo, 1982) his book sold over 45,000 copies in Japan.  Dr. Yukio Ishizuka also worked several years at McKinsey and Company, an international consulting firm and was President and Co-founder of a subsidiary of Mitsubishi International Corp for mergers and acquisitions. Happily Married for 44 years with three children.

About Saiso Shimada, Shodo Artist  Beyond Our Best: Creating Inner Silence with Art

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Elevation through Art:  A combination of breath, joy, energy and spirit

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Shimada, born in Yamagata Prefecture, studied under Kaian Tanaka.  Her works are on display in Beijing Palace Museum, British Library, Turk Japon Vakfi Kulutur Merkezi, Japanisch-Deutsche Gesellchaft, Ukraine National Gallery, and the Lianyungang Museum.  Numerous solo and group exhibitions including EU Embassy Tokyo Private Gathering July 2016, in Ginza Tokyo, Japan November 2017, the Japanese Embassy in Belgium summer 2017, and Paris, France June 2017.

Her work was commissioned to calligraph the signboard at Musahino Imperial Mausoleum (mausoleum complex of Japanese Emperors).

Most recently works of her art appeared in the philosopher and poet’s book Dr. Paul Briot’s newest 2017 edition of Le Rayonnant…un art vers l’Infini…

“This wonderous space created by her work brings forth pure emotion and will bring deep healing to people’s hearts and minds.”

— Aleksey Bogolyubov, Curator of the State Hermitage Museum

 

About Frederic Bosendorf, D.O.  Facilitating the Body to Move towards Optimal Health

Frederic Bosendorf, D.O., osteopathe, physiotherapist, practitioner of Chinese medecine, uses a holistic approach to help individuals go beyond a previous best level of well-being.

Portrait 5Physiotherapist in 1984, D.O. in osteopathy in 1996 from the International Academy of Osteopathy I.A.O., Chinese Medecine (2003-2007) and (2011-).  Graduated in physiotherapy in 1984 Frederic Bosendoft received his D.O. in osteopathy in 1996 from the International Academy of Osteopathy I.A.O.   He studied Chinese Medecine from 2003-2007 including  two periods of study in China. Since 2008 he has taught once or twice a year in Kigali Rwanda training professionals to assist others in recovering and heal from the genocide.

About Opinions & Approaches to Go Beyond Our Best

We are each our own teachers.  Each person who is mentioned on this site is not responsible for the views of others nor does he or she agree on different societal challenges or issues.  There are of course many other valid perspectives to be considered.  Genius sometimes happens in one area of our lives.  Recognizing our limits, let us be humble and learn from others.  Each may have their one field of competence, rarely is there a genius in all fields.

The response of a few individuals in crisis does not constitute the whole.  And yet, it may be sufficient to stir the imagination

More About Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, Happiness & Well-being: Beyond Our Best Experience

Japanese Harvard Trained Psychiatrist & Artist Develops Paradigm of Health, Ishizuka is also a member of the Salmagundi Club of N.Y. as a resident artist.

Yukio IshizukaDr. Yukio Ishizuka graduated from Keio University Medical School, Tokyo, Japan in 1964.  He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Mass Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School in 1969.  He is the founder of Japan International Medical Students Association (JIMSA), which received the coveted Japanese Health Culture Award in 2007 by the Minister of Japanese Health at the Japanese Imperial Palace.  Author of Self-Actualization, Publisher Kodansha (Tokyo, 1982) his book sold over 45,000 copies in Japan.  Happily Married for 44 years with three children.

Dr. Yukio Ishizuka came to Japan between 2013 – 2016 to give lectures and training on achievement, happiness and balance to CEOs, management consultant groups, the Harvard Club, British Embassy,  EU Embassy, at TELL, Keio University, as well as to Japanese and foreign psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. 

Dr. Yukio Ishizuka focus on crisis also included a lecture at the EU on Suicide Prevention in Japan (other panelists included Reverend Yukio Saito the former President of Inochi no Denwa and Chair of the Japanese Association for Suicide Prevention and Akira Katayama counsellor at the Suicide Prevention Unit of the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government).

Dr. Ishizuka visited groups who are suffering from overwork in Japan including 70 staff of an Orphanage…and more.

Dr. Ishizuka also spoke to psychology students at Lutheran University (over 200), some who are now following a seminar on-line training course on Life Track therapy to create better mental health care in Japan , and also a management consultant group of coaches to CEOs.

We hope to have him invited to Japan again to speak to CEOs who are geniuses in their fields, to  Japanese writers, architects, kabuki actors, young leaders and other talented artists.  The creation of such a group depends on numbers, involvement of sponsors, resources as well as the availability as Dr. Yukio Ishizuka resides in the U.S.

Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, Harvard trained Japanese Psychiatrist:  Beyond Our Best Experience of Happiness and Well-being

Instead of focusing on disease and illness, Dr. Yukio Ishizuka observed that despite the unique symptoms and backgrounds of his patients, the elements that determined their well-being (peace, friendliness, physical health, happiness, mastery) or distress (anxiety, anger, physical symptoms, depression, psychosis) were strikingly predictable.

This lead to a hypothesis that there may be certain psychological spheres which when fulfilled built successful psychological health, and when unfulfilled or repeatedly neglected, caused stress symptoms and made one vulnerable to disease.

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Dr. Yukio Ishizuka: Using Crisis and Setbacks to Go Beyond a Previous Best Level of Happiness and Well-being

“While no one can avoid a setback, if we use each setback to grow beyond a previous best experience of happiness and well-being, we can emerge transformed.”

According to Dr. Yukio Ishizuka this transformation occurs through individuals using crisis to grow far beyond a previous best in three key spheres of psychological existence: the search for self, the need for intimacy and quest for meaningful achievement.

Although each of the three spheres (Self, Intimacy and Achievement) is fundamental to the experience of well-being or happiness, the central and most difficult challenge for adults is the struggle to become and remain close in a close interdependent adult relationship such as a couple.  For this reason, for inner transformation to occur, Dr. Yukio Ishizuka focuses on helping individuals experience a much higher level of inter-dependent intimacy than ever before at their best.

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Ishizuka’s 1982 book Self-Actualization  published by Kodansha

Lifetrack Therapy in Japanese

EU-EMBASSY TALK SUICIDE PREVENTION

March 2013 Lecture at the EU Delegation to Japan, Tokyo.  You-Tube Suicide Prevention in Japan: Saving 10 000 – Best practices from Japan, the EU and the US.

Other panelists included Reverend Yukio Saito the former President of Inochi no Denwa and Chair of the Japanese Association for Suicide Prevention and Akira Katayama counsellor at the Suicide Prevention Unit of the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government.  Moderator Rene Duignan, award winning documentary on Suicide.

Success & Well-being in Organizations or Organizations and Organizational Health

Dr. Yukio Ishizuka worked for 4 years at McKinsey (1969-1972) as an Associate on general management consulting.  At McKinsey he admired Marvin Bower his mentor and worked on assignments in Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto, Tokyo and NY offices in a variety of businesses.  Yukio Ishizuka also spent one year at Arthur D. Little as a Consultant (1968-69) on organizational development projects for top management teams for conflict resolution and enhancing creativity.  From 1972-1976 he did mergers and acquisitions for U.S. acquisitions as President and Director of a company financed by Mitsubishi International.

Transforming Japanese CEOs : Self, Intimacy and Achievement to go Beyond their Best

Dr. Ishizuka has given many lectures and transformed many CEOs.  One popular lecture format is his “Individual and Organizational Excellence and Well-Being” Lecture which is 1.5 hours long and has been given to Keizai Doyu-kai Nagoya Chapter meeting of 200 CEOs and senior executives in 1987 amongst others.


If a CEO or senior member of your team is depressed or overwhelmed, there are many things that can be done to use the crisis as an opportunity for an even greater breakthrough says, Ishizuka.

 

Overwork and Psychosomatic Symptoms

Are you or a member of your staff simply too tired to go to work?  Burnt out?  Why do many get physically sick just when they are at the peak of their career?

Organizational Model of Health

Based on his understanding of individual personality and health, and his experience working for a variety of companies Dr. Yukio Ishizuka has developed organizational models that integrate with the individual personality model.  They have been used to help CEOs better understand and track a variety of factors that contribute to their organization’s success and excellence.  Dr. Yukio Ishizuka has presented the individual and organizational models to corporations such as AT&T, IBM, and other elite Japanese, American and European CEOs.

Nathalie Ishizuka (MBA) has written a working paper integrating Individual and Organizational Effectiveness: a Systems View integrating Yukio Ishizuka’s model of human personality with Chris Argyris’ model of organization and pushing the two further by defining criteria for Organizational Health models.  In the paper she expands on Yukio Ishizuka’s existing organizational model with a systems view of organizations; integrating the individual model of health with organizational health. In addition to this academic interest, she works with entrepreneurs and new technologies in the creative process of innovation.

Readings, Lectures, More Info on Organizational Health and Excellence

Ishizuka, Yukio.  Lecture: “In Search of Excellence and Well-Being” Presentation of Life-Track to Mr. Ralph Pheifer, Chairman of IBM Asia and Americas and staff to help enhance executive performance. 1985 (2 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Facing Structural Challenges: The U.S. and Japan.”  AT&T Global Business Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26, 1992 (2.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “Individual and Organizational Excellence and Well-Being” Lecture which is 1.5 hours long and has been given to Keizai Doyu-kai Nagoya Chapter meeting of 200 CEOs and senior executives in 1987

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “The Breakdown of Elite Japanese Executives Abroad” Lecture for Keizai Doyu-kaimeeting of 200 Japanese CEOs, 1986 (1.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio. “How To Overcome Stress at the Top” Lecture for The Japanese Chemical Manufacturers Club, 50 C.E.O.’s of the Japanese chemical manufacturing companies, September 23, 1997 (1 hour)

Ishizuka, Yukio, “The Japanese Mind: Its Implications for the U.S.-Japan Relationship”  AT&T Global Business Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26, 1992 (2.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Facing Structural Challenges: The U.S. and Japan.”  AT&T Global Business Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26, 1992 (2.5 hours)

Ishizuka, Yukio. “Excellence and Wellbeing : How to Achieve and Grow Both” Lecture for Annual Meeting of IFMSA-Japan (International Federation of Medical Student Association-Japan)

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “Happiness and Success : How To Achieve and Grow Both” Lecture for Nippon Club of New York, 2007

Ishizuka, Y. and ed. Ishizuka N., “Special Report, How to Help Executives under Stress,” Nikkei Business, September 1992.

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Breakdown of a Japanese Businessman: a Trap for Business Elites,” Voice Magazine, January 1984.

Ishizuka, Yukio, “The Pitfall for Business Elites,” Nikkei Business, the leading Japanese Business Magazine, September 1986.

Ishizuka, Yukio.  “Stress is Your Friend,” Asahi Shinbun International, August 27,1992. A feature interview with Dr. Ishizuka.

Ishizuka, Yukio, “Japan’s Place in the World,” Zaikai-Koron, a Japanese business monthly, 1976.  Among those interviewed by Dr. Ishizuka were Mr. David Rockefeller, Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, Mr. George Ball, former Secretary of State, Mr. Joseph Fravin, CEO of Singer & C., Professor Henry de Bettignies, Director of the Asian Center of INSEAD, and Professor Hugh T. Patrick of Yale University.

Shiroyama, S., The Conditions for Survival. Kodansha: Tokyo, 1991. The book consists of in-depth interviews with eleven individuals from diverse fields. Dr. Ishizuka was interviewed along with the economist Milton Friedman, Andrew Night, editor-in-chief of The Economist, and golfer Jack Nicolas.

“International Front, Japanese Middle Management under Stress,” The New York Times, Sunday March 29,1992. Interview with Dr. Ishizuka.

Casey, E., “A New Computer Tool,” Wall Street Micro News, Oct. 1985.

Lewyn, Mark and Kelly, Erin. “Now, Feedback from Life-Track,” USA Today, September 26,1985.

“Mental Health for an International Businessman,” Mental Health Magazine for Management, March 1984.

Berger, M., “A Japanese Psychiatrist’s Answer to Executive Stress,” International Management, McGraw-Hill, March 1987. An interview with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka introducing Life-Track.

Yogata, M., “Personal Setback and Growth,” Marubeni, December 1985. A personal account documenting the depression and recovery of one of Dr. Ishizuka’s former patients while on assignment in New York. The article celebrates Yogata’s promotion to Director of leading Japanese corporation.

Costa, P., “The Case of Sad Success,” Gannet Westchester Newspapers, September 11, 1985. A cover-page interview featuring Dr. Ishizuka.

“From Management Consulting to Psychiatric Practice,” Trapedia, May 1982. Interview with Dr. Ishizuka.

“First Encounters,” Business Tokyo, January 1992. Dr. Ishizuka quoted as expert for American businessmen in Japan.

“Japanese Executives Under Stress,” Yomiuri Shinbun, January 12,1986.

Shiroyama, S., Getting Stronger, Overcoming Setbacks. Nippon Keizai Shimbun: Tokyo, 1983. Shiroyama is one of the most prominent authors in Japan. Quotes Dr. Ishizuka extensively.

Woller, B., “When Work is Your World,” Gannet Westchester Newspapers, February 2,1988. Dr. Ishizuka quoted in front-page article.

Woller, B., “When Work is Your World,” Gannet Westchester Newspapers, February 2,1988. Dr. Ishizuka quoted in front-page article.

 

More About Shimada Saiso : Meditation and Japanese Calligraphy Shodo


Beyond Our Best: Creating Inner Silence with Art
Visit Saiso Shimada Website
Visit Her Meditative Paintings on Our Partner Site BeyondOurBestExperience.com
Visit Her Meditative Videos on Painting on Our Partner Site BeyondOurBestExperience.com
To Buy Dr. Paul Briot’s Book Edition with QR Codes for Mobile Music Nakamura Masaki and Saiso Shimada’s Paintings From Editor Press Link (Ships Internationally):http://www.editions-caracteres.fr/catalogue/paul-briot-le-rayonnant-un-art-vers-linfini/

Paul Briot Le Rayonnant…un art vers l’Infini… 2004, 2017, 2018. Published by Caracteres, France.

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Shimada, born in Yamagata Prefecture, studied under Kaian Tanaka.  Her works are on display in Beijing Palace Museum, British Library, Turk Japon Vakfi Kulutur Merkezi, Japanisch-Deutsche Gesellchaft, Ukraine National Gallery, and the Lianyungang Museum.  Numerous solo and group exhibitions including EU Embassy Tokyo several private gatherings July 2016, Galleries in Ginza Tokyo, Japan November 2017, the Japanese Embassy in Belgium summer 2017, and Paris, France June 2017.Her work was commissioned to calligraph the signboard at Musahino Imperial Mausoleum (mausoleum complex of Japanese Emperors).Most recently works of her art appeared in the philosopher and poet’s book Dr. Paul Briot’s newest 2017 edition of Le Rayonnant…un art vers l’Infini…   Her recent book Cosmic Calligraphy, the World of Saiso Shimada  (also 2017) is introduced with forward written by the curator of the State Hermitage Museum : Aleksey Bogolyubov, a specialist on Japanese art.
“This wonderous space created by her work brings forth pure emotion and will bring deep healing to people’s hearts and minds.”— Aleksey Bogolyubov, Curator of the State Hermitage Museum

SAISO SHIMADA:  Combination of Breath, Joy, Energy & Spirit

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Saiso Shimada: Combines Breath, Energy, Joy and Spirit

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Combines profound knowledge of calligraphy with Zen & over 15 years of Kikou (Qigong).  Each stroke is anchored in breath.

It took Nathalie Ishizuka three years to find Saiso Shimada, but it was well worth the wait.

While many artists meditate, Shimada had her own unique style and life exuded from her art with an energy that surprises and heals.

“She uses breath in a way I have never seen before,” says Ishizuka.  Each stroke is advanced yoga, each breath channels energy on to the paper for us to enjoy for many many years ahead.

Energy

ENERGY

Shimada paints together the present and the future: a flow of energy that is Japan’s spirit pointed upwards like a samurai sword.  It is vertical as is the human spirit inciting Japan to move in a new direction and to focus on what is important.  The incision is not horizontal, but vertical.

A new transformation through art.  Since shodo ink captures energy on paper and can keep it for many many years, sitting in front of one of these paintings is a sure way to enfuse oneself with new life.

After one meditation of Shimada not being her body nor her mind, Shimada’s calligraphy changed as did the energy in the characters.  Sitting in front of that painting Ishizuka can still feel its energy.   It sits at my desk to enfuse me with its strength.

 

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JOY
The practice of Shimada’s writing itself is a healing experience as is sitting in front of one of her paintings.
Joy arises.
Spaciousness.
A place where time stops.
Behind each painting is a story, a place, an opening.

 

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SPIRIT

How many artists when you ask them to draw an auto-portrait draw their spirit?
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                                           Larger Artworks by Saiso Shimada Provide Strong Energy to a Space
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Saiso Shimada Teaches Shodo in Temples in Tokyo and has been asked by organizations to introduce Shodo and Design at high levels including the Top Design Team at Adidas.  Her work was commissioned to calligraph the signboard at Musahino Imperial Mausoleum (mausoleum complex of Japanese Emperors).  Shimada’s spirit and grace makes her presence invaluable and a beautiful gift to us all.

Visit Her Meditative Paintings on Our Partner Site BeyondOurBestExperience.com

Visit Her Meditative Videos on Painting on Our Partner Site BeyondOurBestExperience.com

Visit Saiso Shimada Website

 

More About Frederic Bosendorf, D.O. : Facilitating the Body to Move towards an Optimum State of Health

About Frederic Bosendorf, D.O.

Portrait 3Frederic Bosendorf, D.O., osteopathe, physiotherapist, practitioner of Chinese medecine, uses a holistic approach to heal the body, helping individuals emerge from fatigue, pain or difficulty to go beyond a previous best level of well-being.

Frederic Bosendorf has worked with Japanese in Brussels and in Japan.

Came to Tokyo & Hiroshima: Helped Ambassadors, Orphans, Leaders in Many fields, including Priests, Zen Monks, Social Workers, Yogis, Artists, Diplomats, CEOs and others whose work is focused on helping Japan.

Osteopathe, physiotherapist, Practitioner of Chinese Medecine

Physiotherapist in 1984, D.O. in osteopathy in 1996 from the International Academy of Osteopathy I.A.O., Chinese Medecine (2003-2007) and (2011-).

Graduated in physiotherapy in 1984 Frederic Bosendoft received his D.O. in osteopathy in 1996 from the International Academy of Osteopathy I.A.O.   Studied under various reknown experts in Biodynamic Osteopathy including Dr. J. Jealous D.O., F. Desrosiers D.O., V. Everarts D.O., I. Komery D.O..  Frederic studied Chinese Medecine from 2003-2007 including  two periods of study in China under the expertise of F.Lenders and Dr. Shen Xueyong. Frederic continues to work in Chinese Medecine with the Professor R. Blin at the Société Française d’Etude et de Recherche en Energétique ( S.F.E.R.E ) – Collège d’Energétique traditionnelle Chinoise – in France from 2011 until 2014.  Since 2008 he has taught once or twice a year in Kigali Rwanda training professionals to assist others in recovering and heal from the genocide.  He has a busy private practice in Brussels, Belgium where he lives.

Facilitating the Body to Move towards an Optimum State of Health

Portrait 5Osteopathe, Physiotherapist, Practitioner of Chinese Medecine, Frederic Bosendorf has worked with Japanese individuals. He came to Tokyo and Hiroshima in September 2013 to work with talented Japanese artists and others.

Physiotherapist in 1984, D.O. in osteopathy in 1996 from the International Academy of Osteopathy I.A.O., Chinese Medecine (2003-2007) and (2011-).

Frederic came to Japan from 2013 – 2016 several times to Tokyo and even to Hiroshima to help the Japanese and those who work around the clock to support Japan.

Talented Osteopath working with the Biodynamic Model who came to Tokyo and Hiroshima to help with those involved with societal change.  The visits were so successful that Frederic has been asked back.  This osteopath offers a gentle form of treatment that helps reduce pain, correct strain patterns and facilitates the body’s inherent healing mechanisms.  Developed by William G. Sutherland, cranial osteopaths are able to feel whether a person is working towards an optimum state of health, or whether there is something preventing healthy movement of the tissue occurring. Cranial Osteopathy takes many years to become skilled in and encompasses listening to the body’s flows and healing with light touch or what the Japanese may define as “ki.”

The treatment can be helpful for back or body pain, exhaustion (lack of sleep), injuries, a weak immune system and also for those interested in being at their best.  1-3 sessions may be necessary depending on the pain, injury or nature of the problem.  For those who are well and seek optimal health one session every six months is often sufficient.  Treatment is one hour and consists of light touch.  The patient often falls asleep, treatment is relaxing and may impact the patient’s general sense of well-being and spirit.

Frederic Bosendorf lives in Brussels, Belgium.  Available to work with talented Japanese artists including Kabuki actors, Architects, Dancers, Writers and others.

Frederic Bosendorf, D.O.

Portrait 2– Gradué en kinésithérapie en 1984.

– Diplômé en ostéopathie ( The International Academy of Osteopathy –  I.A.O. ) + jury international afin d’obtenir le titre de  D.O. en 1996.

– Formation en ostéopathie dans le champ crânien approche biodynamique avec le Dr. J.Jealous D.O., F. Desrosiers D.O., V.Everarts D.O., I.Komery D.O. de 2003 à 2008.

– Formation en Médecine Traditionnelle Chinoise à l’Europe Shanghai College of Traditionnal Chinese Médicine ( ESC of TCM ) de 2003 à 2007, comprenant deux séjours à Shanghai ( Chine ) afin de suivre des stages pratiques dans les hôpitaux universitaires.

Professeur : F.Lenders, Dr.Shen Xueyong.

– Formation en énergétique traditionnelle chinoise à la Société Française d’Etude et de Recherche en Energétique ( S.F.E.R.E ) – Collège d’Energétique traditionnelle Chinoise – France de 2011 à 2014.

Professeur : R.Blin

Expérience de travail et d’enseignement :

– Cabinet privé en kinésithérapie 1986 – 1996

– Cabinet privé en ostéopathie depuis 1996

– Consultation au Centre de Guérison des blessures de la Vie ( C.G.B.V ) à Kigali (Rwanda) depuis 2008

1 à 2 séjours par an.

– Enseignement  sur une approche corporelle dans le cadre de la biodynamique à l’Institut Africain pour la Psychologie Intégrale ( I.A.P.I ) depuis 2010.

1 à 2 séjours par an.

– Intervenant Volontaire au Japon depuis 2013 Beyond Our Best: Creators Uplifting Japan (www.BeyondOurBest.com)

2 séjours par an.

 

About Masaki Nakamura 中村仁樹, Meditation and Shakuhachi

Visit His Mediative Soundtracks on Our Partner Site BeyondOurBestExperience.com

Visit Nakamura Masaki Website

To Buy Dr. Paul Briot’s Book Edition with QR Codes for Mobile Music Nakamura Masaki and Saiso Shimada’s Paintings From Editor Press Link (Ships Internationally):

Paul Briot – Le Rayonnant, un art vers l’infini

Paul Briot Le Rayonnant…un art vers l’Infini… 2004, 2017, 2018. Published by Caracteres, France.

Nakamura composed 6 original shaku-hatchi recordings inspired by Dr. Paul Briot’s poetic essay, Le Rayonnant, un art vers l’infini 2017 published by Éditions Caractères.

imagesHe first fell in love with the painting Faces of Suns and asked the shodo artist Saiso Shimada to lend it to him for a few days.  Staring at the painting he was stirred to create music for the composition and become intrigued by the new direction in Saiso Shimada’s shodo work.  When she explained that she was meditating and creating works of art, he decided to join a session.  The strong experience lead him to create new spontaneous works of art with Saiso Shimada and Beyond Our Best.

From a family of Buddhist monks, Nakamura was supposed to like his brother, become a monk himself and take the responsibility of the temple.  However, something within Nakamura pushed him in a different direction.  Instead of being a monk, he decided to pursue the spirit through music.

[Excerpt Taken From the Japan Foundation]

Masaki Nakamura first encountered Shakuhachi at the age of 17. Enchanted by the instrument, he pursued a major in Shakuhachi at the Department of Traditional Japanese Music of the Faculty of Music in Tokyo University of the Arts.

Nakamura won the 6th Shakuhachi Rookie of the Year Competition, the 3rd Tokyo Japanese Music Competition, and the 2nd Western and Japanese Instruments Ensemble Competition. He is also the recipient of a Yomiuri Shimbun Award, a Japan Folk Song Association Award, a Komoda Encouragement Prize and an Uwajima Grand Prize. Since graduating from university he has performed as a guest player at Suntory Hall, Ryogoku Kokugikan, the Embassy of the United States in Japan and other venues throughout Japan. He has also performed overseas including Turkey, Algeria, China, and the United States.

Shaku-Hatchi and Meditative Experience

Nakamura’s original composition brings forth the true resonance of Shakuhachi and projects the natural world and the spirit.  He is highly regarded and demanded and a hard man to catch — even for a meditation.

Visit His Meditative Soundtracks on Our Partner Site BeyondOurBestExperience.com

Visit Nakamura Masaki Website

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