08 Aug 2021, 09:59

Reconnect with the natural world

Rob in tears listening to Frederick Marx

I burst into tears while listening to Frederick narrate the forward of his new book Rites of Passage: Everyday Rituals of Healing And Transformation.

The passage was in the Foreword:

... if I share some of what I know, and do it in a good way, recognizing my teachers,
calling out their names as I stand wobbly on their shoulders to sing to the horizon
they have opened for me, I will fulfill some of what my own life has called me to do.
Maybe it is incumbent on me. These are the things I have to teach.

His words spoke to a deeply known, carefully hidden part of myself, a part of me who feels afraid to teach what I know!

Here is one thing I know. Humans are part of the natural world. Computers and email are in a different layer, removed from the natural world by the concrete jungle.

When was the last time you physically contacted the earth? Today? This week? This month?

If you are in the concrete jungle called Tokyo, join me to physically connect with the natural world this coming Saturday for a walking meditation in Ikuta Ryokuchi Park. (500 yen)

While writing this email, I went out into the rain to Lin’s garden plot. It’s summer but I felt comfortably cool, protected from the sun by clouds. The earth felt soft and welcomed my footprints. Grasshoppers, however, jumped away as I approached. I could feel rain drops on my back as I cut grass (with hedge shears). Picking up handfuls of cut grass, I felt smaller pieces adhere to my skin via rain…

With all my heart, I encourage you to go out and connect with the natural world. Take your shoes off and feel the grass as best you can. If there’s no grass, be creative! Hug a tree; caress leaves; smell flowers.

If you actually do it, please write me back to let me know how it went. With your permission, the best replies will appear in my future Tinyletter emails.

blessings always
- Rob

30 Jul 2021, 12:02

Walking Meditation today in rain

2021 jul 30 hiro newbie morita rob in rain close

Morita and I joined Hiro at the top of our local hill for walking meditation today.

Morita said he is a rain man, and sure enough, the rain started about 20 minutes after the event started.

To my delight, we all played in the rain!

2021 jul 30 feet in rain 2021 jul 30 group in rain far 2021 jul 30 morita and hiro in rain

Join us next month in Ikuta Ryokuji Park near Mukogaokayuen Station.

16 Jul 2021, 22:02

Great fun walking meditation in Manpukuji Park

Hiro, Kyoko, Andy, Rob, Travis, Hiro after walking meditation

(image credit: Rinko Hayashi)

Great fun today in Manpukuji Park for our walking meditation.
Y’all shoulda been there because we found wonderfully cool water and fun squishy mud.. and forgot to take pics!

All cleaned up with a faucet afterward and Lin remembered to take a picture.

Join us next month in Ikuta Ryokuji Park near Mukogaokayuen Station.

16 Jul 2021, 20:56

Pics of Astros Field under construction

Astros Field under construction c. 1999

(image credit: Rob Nugen)

Wow I just found pics from about 1999 when Astros Field was under construction.

Astros Field under construction c. 1999

(image credit: Rob Nugen)

Funny how small the pictures are compared to a “full res” picture today. At least they are in color!!

HI Wende!

28 May 2021, 11:00

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29 Mar 2021, 18:26

Rob Nugen video interview 2 of 4 by Michael Shell


Part 3 available here!

24 Mar 2021, 06:50

For Immediate Release - Rob Nugen walking across Japan for suicide prevention awareness

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition

Barefoot across Japan: “Barefoot” Rob Nugen walking across Japan for suicide prevention Barefoot Rob Nugen, known among Japanese TV audiences for going almost constantly barefoot, is to walk, mostly without shoes, from Yokohama to Niigata. In addition to the personal challenge, Rob also aims to raise funds for suicide prevention in Japan.

The walk starts at Rinko Park on April 16 and will end in Niigata’s Aoyama Seaside Park on May 8. Rob plans to walk about 15-20km per day. On the first day, before setting off, Rob will lead a guided walking meditation. His progress can be followed on his website at https://www.robnugen.com/. Anyone is welcome to join him for a leg or two of the journey, but will need to take care of their own transport and accommodation.

Rob has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the journey.

English: https://gogetfunding.com/barefoot-pilgrimage-across-japan-raising-funds-for-suicide-prevention/
日本語: https://gogetfunding.com/barefoot-pilgrimage-across-japan-raising-funds-for-suicide-prevention/?lang=ja

All additional funds will go to TELL Lifeline (https://telljp.com/.) This telephone & chat support service provides free English counselling to people in Japan.

The idea for the walk is not a new one. “I have been adding different important components of my life together, and they have woven together into this walk”, Rob says. These components include his walking meditation events, and his and his work as founder and member of various support groups in Japan.

Rob sees a strong connection between the meditative effects of barefoot walking and wellbeing. “Walking helps me be in touch with my body, gets me moving, connects me to Earth, (and) connects me to myself. All of these are ways to reduce stress, and do self-care.”

Indeed, self-care is an important part of preventing suicide. (https://www.thekimfoundation.org/blog/importance-of-self-care/)

“Coming to the present moment is one of the key ways of noticing what’s here now. And that’s a key way to help go through the feelings, get beyond the feeling of wanting the pain to end”.

So will he really be walking barefoot? Here, Rob is realistic: “I will start walking barefoot across Japan… But when I encounter snow in the mountains, I’m going to put on boots. I’ll be Barefoot Rob wearing boots, walking through snow to continue the journey.”

For further information, visit his website at https://www.robnugen.com/
Rob can also be reached at press@robnugen.com
Donate: https://gogetfunding.com/barefoot-pilgrimage-across-japan-raising-funds-for-suicide-prevention/?lang=ja

23 Mar 2021, 20:26

Rob Nugen video interview 1 of 4 by Michael Shell


Now you can watch Part 2.

25 Feb 2021, 18:21

Weekly Alignment - Looking into Mirrors

light reflecting in three emoji shaped mirrors

Thank you for exploring this topic. And feeling the energy and recognizing this very deep seated desire for peace of mind.

Breathe into this concept of peace of mind, which may feel like just an idea or some kind of faraway state.

Just allow it to be anywhere it is. No need to change.

Simply being in the moment, recognizing the reflections we see in the world, are reflections from inside of us.

So, step stepping into this peace of mind can allow our reactions to the world to also have peace.

Simply notice the reaction. Notice what it’s trying to gain.

And recognize it’s also seeking this peace of mind.

Notice how both our desires and reactions may be pointing toward peace of mind.

Feeling the peace in your body, allow your mind to relax and sink down into your body.

Fully experiencing the body and its peace.

As your body sinks into the peace, allow it to become peace of mind.

Notice here noticing your breaths, we’ll begin to come back into our shared space.

Allowing the peace in your body to bring peace of mind.

Remembering you can access this anytime you like

Expressing gratitude for your body. Gratitude for your breath and gratitude for the peace. Allow yourself to come back into our shared space.

My pleasure thank you.

(image credit https://bitchcr4ft.tumblr.com/post/146662807148/bitchcr4fttt)

11 Feb 2021, 17:32

Weekly Alignment - Letting Go

Weekly Alignments 7pm Thursdays JST

(image credit https://www.instagram.com/p/BIQJjgDDjvk/)

Learn how to use your subconscious to manifest your desires (sigil magic), and enjoy a meditation allowing new things in to your life.


Today's concept is letting go. And there's a couple ways we can
practice letting go.

What's coming up as an idea is creating a vision for ourselves in
either a visual image if you if you enjoy sketching things out and
drawing, or it could be a text description like words describing your
optimal situation.

So of those two options, do you have a preference? If it would be
visual or verbal?

Yeah, and we can do both, I mean, in this case, I'll say "create your
vision," you'll be either writing words or drawing the vision.

Hmm? Yes, good, this, drawings will work in this process as well. So
just starting with whatever is most comfortable for you.

Take a moment to get in your mind, a vision of something you want to
create for yourself or to experience for yourself.

Make sure your request is something that is neutral to those around you.

You can say for example, "I receive money."

But do not say, "that one guy will pay me back money."

Or you can say "I receive love." But don't specify who you want to love you.

By keeping it neutral is safe practice.

Trying to change someone's will is a type of black magic. So be sure
you keep your request neutral for the universe, and the people around

And we're going to do a process that allows it to be handled by your
subconscious is one way of saying it.

So starting with the verbal description that you can write, take a
couple minutes to describe the optimal situation that you want to
create for yourself, and it could just be one one small topic.

Take about
a minute or two minutes, write 10 or 20 words that described this
optimal situation.

Any one that you pick now is fine. This process works best if you do
it multiple times and the reason will become clear as we do the

So don't worry too much about choosing the perfect one. Just allow
yourself to choose something that you want to create or experience in
your life. You don't have to share it with us. These can be your own
private desires, whatever they are.

Let me know once you have your phrase written.

Mine came out to 12 words. So 10 to 20 words is probably easy to work with.

And you can you can do this multiple times.

So, once you have your, your phrase your description, we're going to use
the letters of this description to create a symbol that represents
this phrase.

And there are many possible ways that this can be done, I'll go with
one that I learned from one of my teachers to start by removing all of
the vowels in the phrase.

So, leaving the consonants you can just cross out the vowels and then
rewrite the phrase with just just the consonants.

And then any repeated consonants will not get repeated in the new

So removing the vowels, you're writing just the consonants that are
there one time for each consonant in the description.

And then once you have the consonants, kind of extracted will then
create a a symbol, I lost the word [sigil], like a seal.

So for me, I have the letters R, T, N, L, Y and then etcetera, that
I'm going to incorporate these into one symbol using just these

And they can be upside down or sideways. They can be merged
together. Anything that makes a unique a unique shape, that may be
interesting to look at.

Letters can be backwards or whatever. So I've come up with this,
incorporated all my letters here upside down and backwards and
sideways all merged into one shape.

And these are the consonants that I extracted from my phrase.

And then can refine this, this symbol, kind of melt it down, by
rewriting it until the actual words are out of your memory.

They're gone from your memory and i'ts just just the symbol that

allow this symbol to get more and more symbolic.

And I just looked up the word it's called sigil, S-I-G-I-L that we're

I've got my sigil down to this shape here.

2021 feb 11 sigil

So the letters are almost not even visible anymore. But the
subconscious remembers.

I'll describe the next part but before doing it, the recommendation
would be to create some more sigils using the same concept until you
don't remember which one is which, but your subconscious remembers.

And creating that break in consciousness as part of the "letting go"
process that we're allowing the, the spirit or the the universal magic
to, to bring this into our awareness or into our lives.

And the next step once you have forgotten completely what the symbol
was for what's the sigils for: get into a highly emotionally highly
charged state.

And one of the most common versions for this is a sexually charged
state, to the point of orgasm in whatever way is best for you, whether
with a person or without, and take one of the sigils and look at it
during your experience of orgasm and let it burn into your mind.

and memorize it and feel it and not remember what it was but just
completely in that moment of, of high emotional energy, positive
emotional energy, charge that sigil into your mind and your memory and
then let it go.

Lose the paper it's done. And that's the process of using the sigil to
allow your your subconscious mind to bring this into your life with
emotional and spiritual connection.


For the next part of tonight, I wanted to talk about what it means for
you to let go of something and what does it What does it require to
change in your being to let something go?

This is a very broad topic. So whatever answers come up for you are

Using what I heard you guys speaking, I wonder if we can do a little
meditation process that might facilitate the letting go.

So, take a moment to settle into your space, using this as a miniature
letting go. Letting go of any tension in your body.

Letting go of your breathing.

Letting go of your mind as it may continue to run or not. Just let
that go. Either way is fine.

Recognizing that the mind may have its own ideas for how to control
things or how to bring things into fruition

and yet, you know from experience that most things are not yours to control.

So just for a moment, allow the mind to drift away.

Just let go of the mind for this moment.

Having already created the vision for what you want to achieve or what
you want to experience.

Allow yourself to trust the process.

Trust that the universe has heard your request.

And the entire universe is in motion toward fulfilling your highest desire.

As creative beings we create with our vision with our intention,

sending the vision out into the universe and allowing it to be
reflected back, effortlessly on our part.

Allowing yourself to allow a new vision into your life,
opening your heart, with the power of spirit within you.

Expand expanding your being to its full potential.

And allowing this answer from the universe into your life, into your

And as we enjoy this new experience, there will become a next desire
or a next want.

We create an intention or create a vision based on the new desire, the
new want.

visualizing it, and trusting the universe has heard.

Allowing ourselves to grow into the being who is ready for the answer,
ready to allow this new vision into your life.

This is an ongoing cycle, happening effortlessly as we live.

and adjusted exactly to the size we allow ourselves to accept.

Practice allowing yourself to be filled from within by the infinite
spirit fully embodying all of your parts all of your being,

allowing them to be manifest into our lives.

In a moment, we'll be coming back into our shared space.

Recognize this as a miniature version of the same:

visualizing seeing with your physical eyes: the room around you and
the computer screen

allowing the being inside you to grow into that space of eyes
open. Bringing this vision into reality

Allow each vision to be as seemingly as simple.

In the book Course of Miracles, it says there's no order in
miracles. They're all the same size.

If anything came up for you during that exercise, you're welcome to
share if you like.