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The Great Wave (Onami) at Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai, ca. 1830 From a series of 36 wood block print views of Mt. Fuji.

Onami is made up of two Japanese words: O-nami. Nami is wave. O- is Great. As in really Great. Bigger and more significant than Tsu-nami, a giant wave. It is the genius of Hokusai that he was able to unleash the power of the ocean while maintaining the stillness of the mountain. This coexistant harmony of stillness and motion is reinforced by the position of Mt. Fuji, riding the curl.

Life comes at us in waves. If we an learn to identify and ride the curl, we enjoy a dynamic balance, centered like Fuji, moving within the power of the great ocean, and poised to enjoy the view. How to establish such a quality in ourselves? Music, Movement and Meditation will hone our skills to creatively deal with what comes our way.


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