Meditation

NATHALIE'S MEDITATIVE COLLECTIONS

THIS IS A MEDITATION, AN ARTISTIC TRIBUTE, TO MY MANY TEACHERS.   TODAY I HAVE ABANDONED ALL TECHNIQUE AND TEACH NONE, BUT TO GET HERE EACH OF YOU CARRIED ME FOR MANY MANY YEARS.   THESE ART COLLECTIONS CREATED BY THE  ARTIST AND MEDITATOR IN ME, EXPRESS AND SHARE THROUGH ART - EXPERIENCES IN MEDITATION AND JOY.   MY INTENTION IS TO BRING PEOPLE THROUGH ART TO JOY, SIMPLICITY, HUMILITY, TRANSPARANCE AND THE MAGIC OF MEDITATION AND MINDFUL TEACHINGS WITH A SIMPLE GLANCE.  NO TECHNIQUE.  JUST SILENT VIEWING.

"SOME TIMES I AM THE MEDITATOR, SOMETIMES I AM THE ARTIST, SOMETIMES THE TEACHER, SOMETIMES THE STUDENT, ALWAYS A KID.  ALWAYS IN JOY."    

                                                                                                    -- NATHALIE ISHIZUKA


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THE PHILOSOPHER AND POET DR. PAUL BRIOT COLLECTION ON

A NEW MEDITATIVE & VISIONARY ART

7 Paintings Can be Currently Viewed in BRUSSELS and 7 REMAIN in Tokyo

6 MUSICAL Paintings found in Dr. Paul Briot's New 2018 Book Edition

SHODO ARTIST:   SAISO SHIMADA

TEXT:   DR. PAUL BRIOT

MEDITATION:    NATHALIE ISHIZUKA

SHAKUHATCHI MUSIC FOR PAINTINGS:   MASAKI NAKAMURA


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A Collective Work

Author Text:  Dr. Paul Briot

Shodo Artist: Saiso Shimada

Meditator: Nathalie Ishizuka

Musician:  Masaki Nakamura

"A field of sunflowers, moving sculptures.  The flowers converse, look after one another, bow in all directions.  Eyelids of suns.  Us."

-The three texts in the columns above are by Dr. Paul Briot, philosopher, poet &. professor of Comparative Religion. Published by Editions Caracteres, Le Rayonnant, l'Art Vers L'infini, 2018.  I have had the good fortune to learn from him for the last 10 years, often talking 3 times a week together.

The last edition of Paul's book involves QR codes that I created to allow one to view the paintings, read the text and (with the convenience of your earphones) listen to the original music that goes with each painting in the book.

Do order your beautiful copy of this limited visionary edition (visual-musical poetry on a new art) from the editor online while the colored copies last. Estimated price 10 Euros while they last.

The edition is in French. Publishers in English or Japanese contact us.

A Collective Work

Author Text:  Dr. Paul Briot

Shodo Artist: Saiso Shimada

Meditator: Nathalie Ishizuka

Musician:  Masaki Nakamura

"A white bobbin quivers.  It links earth and sky.  A thread unites man with God.  We are that thread."

- The three paintings in the columns above are by the Shodo Master Saiso Shimada created after meditating with Nathalie Ishizuka on Dr. Paul Briot's Text. Shimada has been meditating for many years Qigong (Kikou) and Zen and began meditating about 3-4x weekly with Nathalie in an intensive training for several years.  

We meditated in Samyama on different texts and on different themes using a method taught by my Raja yoga teacher.  


A Collective Work

Author Text:  Dr. Paul Briot

Shodo Artist: Saiso Shimada

Meditator: Nathalie Ishizuka

Musician:  Masaki Nakamura

"A purple cloud condenses into a rain of ideas."

- The original music pieces for the three paintings and texts in the columns above were created for each individual art piece by the Shakuhatchi Master Masaki Nakamura after meditating with Nathalie Ishizuka & Saiso Shimada.

We meditated in Samyama on different texts and on different themes as taught by my Raja yoga teacher.   

This method of meditation can be learned by other Artists using a step by step approach found in AYP (Advanced Yoga Practices) by Yogani.

Talented masters or dedicated artists willing to train in meditation and to transform their art or discipline can contact Nathalie Ishizuka.  Others who are self motivated can begin on their own using Yogani's books.

Nathalie Ishizuka has meditated with Shimada for over 3 years 3-4x weekly. 

COLLECTIONS INSPIRED BY YOGIS, MASTERS IN THE ARTS,

AND MEDITATIVE TEACHERS

THE STEPHANIE SOLER COLLECTION

THE FOUR ELEMENTS

EARTH, WATER, FIRE & AIR

ARTIST &  MEDITATOR:   NATHALIE ISHIZUKA INSPIRED BY TRAINING OF STEPHANIE SOLER 

(ALL MISTAKES AND INTERPRETATIONS OF TEACHINGS NATHALIE ISHIZUKA)


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Spirit of the Earth

Artist Nathalie Ishizuka, Acrylic, canvas, 61cm x80cm, 2020

An acrylic painting on wood panel by Nathalie Ishizuka with a meditation for the viewer on the Earth Element, a necessary element for grounding and being completely in the present moment.  

The Earth element allows us to enjoy life, and is the cornerstone to health and manifestation of all of our creativity as well as the realization of our deepest aspirations.  

This painting captures an experience during a sunrise that lit up the sky and a feeling of beauty of the Earth in all things.

Mother Earth

Artist Nathalie Ishizuka, Acrylic, canvas, 92cm x122cm, 2020

Mother Earth by Nathalie Ishizuka invites you to change your conception of who is your Mother and of the process of life itself.

Was this body really ever ours or is it borrowed by the earth and returned at the moment of our Death? What did you do with the loan you were given?  

How can you now ground yourself in the Earth and be an important part of change in this world. Meditation on how we can honor this body, our mother, father, creation and the earth itself.

Intersections: Who are you?

Artist Nathalie Ishizuka, Acrylic, canvas, 92cm x122cm, 2020

Who are You?  

Regardless of what you believe the experience of this painting may shift your perspective. From our Theatrical Self to our Inspired Being, the painting captures our living transformation as we shift identities and balance.  Full integration and alignment is a life long process and the ultimate art of life.  We are in constant vigililence. Constant balance and loving attention.

Artist Nathalie Ishizuka, The Resurrection Inside Us, Acrylic, canvas, 92cm x122cm, 2020.  

When we become stable like a mountain, external elements can not touch us.  When such a state becomes a constant, we experience a Resurrection, our own.  To remove our illusions and ignorance.  Get ready for a new birth.  Nothing is known.


PAINTINGS ON ENERGY AND THE HEART

ARTIST:   NATHALIE ISHIZUKA




The Center of the Heart

Artist Nathalie Ishizuka, Large Acrylic Canvas, 2021

Each of us can experience the Sphere; a Sun that is not ours but anchors us to the Earth and to all in the universe.  The center, our father, the central point, the issue of the big bang. Our divine mother, all within the circle; the entire creation.  

Heart Cellular Intelligence

Artist Nathalie Ishizuka, Acrylic, Large canvas, 91cm x123cm, 2017

This painting was done in silent meditation.

We explore the opening of the spiritual heart playfully and begin to sense the beauty within by setting the intent to be open to the experience of joy, love or peace, whatever is easiest for us.  The experience radiates from within but is never ours.  


Unconditional Love

Artist Nathalie Ishizuka, Acrylic, VERY LARGE Canvas,  160cm x161cm, 2019

The theme of the heart is a lifetime meditation  This painting was done in silence one sphere at a time without any conscious intent to create a shape or form.  Like life itself; each moment unveils itself in the present.  Nothing is ours.  Just the intent to love.

THE SADHGURU COLLECTION

PAINTINGS INSPIRED BY SADHGURU

SHODO ARTIST:   SAISO SHIMADA MEDITATING WITH NATHALIE TOGETHER

PAINTING ARTIST:    NATHALIE ISHIZUKA, ENERGY SOUTH INDIA




Sadhguru Meditation

Artist: Saiso Shimada, Ink on Paper, Inspired by Sadhguru Mediation Isha Kriya, 2017

Nathalie meditated with the artist Saiso Shimada on not being the mind, nor the body.  Shimada later meditated alone and experienced a change of state as she was painting.  Notice the different energy in the writing.

Energy South India

Soak in the energy from Nathalie Ishizuka's stay in South India meditating with Sadhguru on a special night where the Indian Prime Minister and so many others were present. Harmonize the physical and spiritual.  Soak in the joy and experience.

THE BODY MOVEMENT

18 Shodo Paintings to Illustrate Movement and the Beauty of the Body

Gratitude to Yogani, Advanced Yoga Practices and the Earth

SHODO ARTIST:   NATHALIE ISHIZUKA



Warm-up, head to heart

Warm-up, arms to heart

Warm-up, legs to heart

Knees to chest

Roll, right then left

Kneeling seat

Sitting, head to one knee

Sitting, head to both knees

Shoulder stand

Plow

Seal of yoga

Cobra

Locust

Spinal twist

Abdominal lift

Standing back stretch

Standing toe touch

Corpse pose

THE DR. NIRMAL RAJ GYAWALI YOGI COLLECTION

YOGI AND AYURVEDIC PHYSICIAN, PRANAYAMA, AYURVEDA

Nepalese Yogi Hosted Us at His Studio for a Short Documentary Film by Haryun Kim

SHODO ARTIST:   SAISO SHIMADA

MEDITATION:   DR. NIRMAL RAJ GYAWALI

MEDITATION:    NATHALIE ISHIZUKA

FILM DIRECTOR:    HARYUN KIM

SHAKUHATCHI MUSIC FOR PAINTINGS:   MASAKI NAKAMURA


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Documentary Film on Artists and Meditation at Nirmal Yoga Studio

The day after Saiso Shimada, the shodo artist, presented her works at the EU embassy private residence with Nathalie Ishizuka, meditator, and Masaki Nakamura, shakuhatchi player and several artists, they were asked by the documentary film artist Haryun Kim to share with them their process of art and meditation.  

Nirmal, who was one of the guests at the EU event and a teacher and friend of Nathalie invited us to his studio for a most beautiful day of meditation, art and film.  

Some of the meditations we had together were so strong the film maker got unexpectedly more than she bargained for during the shooting.  We had to pause, we took long breaks.  

We enjoyed that beautiful day together immensely and we hope Haryun will continue her beautiful film work.  Thank you Nirmal.

These artist-yogi sessions where Nirmal was introduced to other young Tokyo artists as well as a Chinese Qigong master Zhou Seika were a part of what made Tokyo so special.   "Everyone at that event from the novelist and designer to the film maker or shodo lover, left moved by Shimada's paintings, Masaki's music, Nathalie's presentation of their work together.  "That day together something special occurred in all of us," says Ishizuka.

Artists and Meditation in Japan

Nirmal meditating at in Nathalie's office in Tokyo with the shaku-hatchi artist Masaki Nakamura, the shodo artist Saiso Shimada accompanied by Nathalie Ishizuka.

When Nathalie left Tokyo to move to Singapore it was important that the artists she found and worked with closely were able to continue meditation with a strong enlightened master should it be their wish or should they have questions or need support.  "Skype meditations across the globe could continue, but it is always good to be locally supported,"  says Ishizuka, "especially with strong meditations or meditators."

Nirmal provided invaluable guidance to Nathalie and her family with Ayurvedic consultations and Nathalie benefited at the end from a weekly treatment focusing on spiritual work.  "His ayurvedic treatments are simply unparellelled and the experiences I had were out of this world," says Ishizuka who at the time knew nothing of Ayurveda.  "It is rare to find an enlightened yogi who is also an advanced ayurvedic physician from a family of ayurvedic doctors.  "I am always lucky,"  says Ishizuka.  "Always in the best of hands."

"Nirmal also on a visit to Singapore showed Nathalie a meditation one can not find in books," she says with a grin.  "I am still working on that one!"  

THE MICHAEL GLENN COLLECTION

HATHA YOGA

4 YEARS IN TOKYO, MOVEMENT

ARTIST:   NATHALIE ISHIZUKA


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Man's Step Forward

Choose an intention, what you seek most, and why MOVE at all.  It is not so much what you do, but how you do it that will transform your life. 

Hatha Yoga is one of those beautiful steps.  Thank you Michael for making my steps lighter in Tokyo. For keeping me in MOVEMENT.  Each step grounding me.

Keep inspiring me to MOVE.  

I ran to you each morning after too much meditation and would return home joyful and balanced in body and spirit.  Bliss! 

I recommend those who are fortunate to be in Tokyo to study hatha yoga with Michael.  Focus, presence in the moment, precision.  Joy.

Hatha Yoga at Yoga Tree, Tokyo Hiroo

Artist Nathalie Ishizuka, card black ink, red pen drawn for my teacher and friend Michael Glenn who taught me hatha yoga and helped me with countless projects in Japan.  Gratitude to you and your formidable hatha yoga classes and studio in Tokyo that was my second home.  I am happier for having known you.

THE VIKRAM COLLECTION ON THE BODY

TO A HATHA YOGI WHO TAUGHT HIMSELF EVERYTHING

GRATITUDE FOR HATHA TRAINING, PRIVATE CLASSES & HELPING ME TEACH

ARTIST:  NATHALIE ISHIZUKA


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THE NIKAM GURUJI YOGA COLLECTION

INTERNAL CLEANSING "SHAT-KARMAS," HATHA AND 3 YEARS OF PRANAYAMA

GRATITUDE TO NIKAM GURUJI, KARTHIK AND PARTICULARLY SAM 

FOR HELPING ME MOVE AND KEEPING ME IN THE INTERMEDIATE CLASS EVEN IN A WHEEL CHAIR

ARTIST:   NATHALIE ISHIZUKA


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THE UNKNOWN YOGI COLLECTION

TO ALL YOGIS WHO IN HUMILITY CHOOSE NOT TO BE KNOWN

Raja Yoga Collection in Gratitude to my Teacher (Prefers to be Unknown)

TEN YEARS AND THEN SOME

SHODO ARTIST:   NATHALIE ISHIZUKA

INSPIRED MEDITATIONS:   UNKNOWN YOGI


Lotus Petal Meditation

This painting by Nathalie Ishizuka is about the spirt blossoming after March 11, 2011. It is a meditation on knowledge, compassion and liberation.


Jewel of the Lotus

This painting by Nathalie Ishizuka is about the jewel of the lotus which she experienced like a sharp edged part of the spirit that transcends and pierces all things in full transparency.  The spirit painted as a sharp sword -- pierces three peaches each representing a crisis: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima. The spirit transcends everything and elevates.

Earth and Sun

This painting by Nathalie Ishizuka is about the earth and its intimate link with the Sun (the eye).  The source of all light on the planet illuminates the earth and all on it equally. Within each of us, just above the physical heart is also a sun - radiating far beyond this earth.

Start Your Day MEDITATING, CREATING.

EVERY DAY YOU ARE THE CREATOR OF YOUR LIFE, YOUR REALITY, MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL.

LIFE IS ART.  PAINT.  MEDITATE.  PLAY MUSIC. CREATE.  DANCE.  MOVE.  RELEASE.  EAT.  JOY.

BE CURIOUS.  INVENT.  ENJOY

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6 Interactive Musical Meditative Paintings on Your Mobile.  Bring Your Earphones to Gallery!


The Latest Texts on visionary art that will move your spirit by the Belgian Philosopher Dr. Paul Briot.   Meditative Paintings on these texts by Shodo Master Saiso Shimada. Original Music Created for Each Painting and Text by Masaki Nakamura.  

There are 7 more paintings by Saiso Shimada on 7 texts by Dr. Paul Briot which exist in Tokyo.  Help us bring them to BRUSSELS to create a larger exhibit in an innovative museum in the hub of Europe.  

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Select Your Painting.  Each has a different theme and a different meditative experience.  Explore, see which painting Attracts You.  Choose to delve deeper into a few paintings depending on your preferences and time.  Make your life as you dream it. Take a fun first steps to create a life of inspired action and curiosity.  



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Nathalie Leiko Ishizuka

Artist, meditator & Director of Beyond OUr BEst

Director Beyond Our Best, Worked over 30 years on a Psychology of Health and Happiness, Artist, Writer, Individual & Societal Change, Certified Yoga Teacher of Advanced Yoga Practices. Works with Individuals & International Organizations.

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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.  SELF TAUGHT ARTIST.   Co-founded movement with 90 year old Belgian Philosopher and Poet, Dr. Paul Briot, who sees crisis as an opportunity to Re-Invent Ourselves and ART as a means to Elevate, Inspire and Transform. Works across disciplines including with Artists, Scientists, Economists (including Nobel Prize), Doctors (over 30 years with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka on an Approach to Happiness, Excellence and Well-being), CEOs, Businessmen & Entrepreneurs,  Diplomats facilitated with Yukio Ishizuka training and talks on excellence and well-being at EU Embassy TokyoBritish Embassy Tokyo, Harvard Club Tokyo and taught meditation to Ambassadors, Diplomats and their spouses at Yoga Studios and privately, assists Yogis to innovate across disciplines, practices creative brainstorming with scientists, including MIT professor and Scientist Sahrawi Chaieb on an application of an alogorithm for Black Holes to Flat Screen Technology, creative brainstorming with Architects such as Toyo Ito on projects for Fishermen up north and children's park in Fukushima, meditated with Shaku-Hatchi Musician Masaki Nakamura to create 6 New Original Songs, wrote and illustrated a fable for Nihon Buyo Master Wakayagi Sensei to create Kizuna Dance in Fukishima Theme Cafe, brainstormed with member of Japanese Cabinet with the founder of Suicide Prevention in Japan Yukio Saito for societal change, assisted in bringing well-being, yoga, osteopathy and mental health training to innovate with joy at an Orphanage in Japan, work with Societal Visionaries on Fukushima and Crisis Spots -- those who who can change us from WITHIN. Nathalie sought out and worked with artists for 4 years in Japan to work on project of Elevation in Art after crisis, Meditated for over 3 years with the Shodo Master Saiso Shimada 3-4x a week via skype (Tokyo - Singapore - Europe) to create a new art resulting in Shimada's works being published in Paul Briot's 2018 edition by Editions Caracteres. Facilitated several Exhibits by Shimada at the EU Private Residence in Tokyo, Private Gallery in Paris, a month long exhibit at the Japanese Embassy in Brussels, exhibits in Ginza Tokyo, and upon rendez vous only soon in the first Meditative Gallery in Singapore.  Nathalie's own artistic works have been shown in two month long exhibits in New York, Beijing China, In EU Tokyo Residence, and in the Meditative Gallery in Singapore.  Works across disciplines to create something entirely new.

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Nathalie Ishizuka

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Nathalie Ishizuka, a Franco-Japanese from New York, is an Artist and Director of the Movement Beyond Our Best: Re-inventing Ourselves Silently. She teaches meditation through the Experience of Art.

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