Jyonetsu: What is it?

Mayumi Kojima introduces five concepts she deems essential for living a healthy and meaningful life, and one of them is jyonetsu 'passion.' In this video, Mayumi shares her understanding of what passion is and why it is important in our lives.

Passion helps us move forward

Nick: So related to all of this, today, we're going to explore five concepts that you consider essential to living a healthy and meaningful life. And we'll introduce them in Japanese, and I guess you'll explain them. So the first one is jyonetsu. So what is that? And would you like to touch on it?

Mayumi: Okay, so I'll be sort of touching on how I perceive it, if that's okay with you?

Nick: Yeah, that's fine.

Mayumi: So jyonetsu ‘passion’ to me, is something that moves forward despite the challenge in my life. So that's how I interpret the jyonetsu ‘passion.’ For example, in my naturopathic practice, I had encountered some clients that have complex cases: chronic health challenge, physically or mentally, emotionally.

I used to feel bad not knowing everything, I used to feel bad not having an answer for them. But now I'll be honest with them, ‘Look, I haven't heard this before, would it be okay for you to give me some time to study it? So I can be ready to give you some sort of suggestions, that we can work as a team.’

So now I take this as a challenge—challenge for me to move forward, become a better practitioner, and we grow together as a team. I use this term a lot with my clients because it's not like I'm giving them, I'm actually receiving something from my clients when we work as a team.

So that's jyonetsu to me. And also, I would like to mention about my tea ceremony practice and Aikido practice, and the challenges that come in to practice. For example, sitting on the tatami, it’s a little bit embarrassing to say, but more than 15 or 20 minutes, my legs become numb.

But it gives me the teaching to be in the moment and be patient. And even with the teachers and sensei, I really appreciate how they interact with me, with their patience. And I'm actually learning their patient and implemented it into my practice as a naturopath. Same for Aikido, they’re really patient with me, ‘Okay, you move this way.’ If I don't understand some of the movement, ‘Okay, try this.’

I really love that patience from my sensei, and I'm really grateful. And the teaching from the Tea Ceremony and Aikido is actually offering me to become more resilient in life as a practitioner, as a person, and serve the people. I hope I didn't sidetrack, but that's part of my passion.

Nick: That's fine. It's very helpful for you to illustrate examples. And I think practices like Aikido or tea ceremony where there are these periods of stillness and reflection. And I guess, sitting, kneeling on the floor for two 20 minutes is part of this training. So you're developing resilience in that.

And I guess people who can't do that, or they find it too uncomfortable or quit quickly. Likewise with tea ceremony, it's quite a slow cup of tea; you're not drinking it quickly. Most of it was waiting and looking for cues and reacting to each other. And the actual time you drink tea is quite short. In the end. So it's interesting. It's a process, but it seems like a process of appreciation.