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Full Text of Dennis Kucinich’s speech at the Michio Kushi Memorial Service

February 3, 2015
DennisKucinich and Michio 2004

Dennis Kucinich and Michio Kushi at Michio’s home in Brookline in 2004


Former US Congressman and Presidential Candidate, Dennis Kucinich, interrupted his busy schedule and flew to Boston for just a few hours to offer his condolences and appreciation for Michio Kushi at Michio’s Memorial Service on January 31, 2015.  Below is the full text of  his speech which he posted on his Facebook page here.


I first met Michio Kushi thirty years ago when he and Aveline made an extraordinary presentation about diet and nutrition at a church in the Cleveland area. Their insight about the relationship between physiognomy and health and dietary habits regaled the audience with the consequences of literally becoming what you eat, if you ate a lot of chicken, meat, pork and other animal products.


You could see people in the audience squirming in the nakedness of the anthropomorphic implications of appetites , speculating about the diet of the stranger sitting next to them, imagining human beings presenting subtly as barnyard animals . It was a moment of high humor worthy of James Thurber’s A Thurber Carnival, where animals acquired human traits.

Michio and Aveline had made their point: You are what you eat, so take care.

Michio Kushi, perhaps better than anyone in the last century, understood the transformational and the redemptive power of food, its relationship to personal health, environmental integrity and world peace. His East-West apostolate was a commitment to the transcendent power immanent in every moment, the communion of spirit and matter, yin and yang, which made of the partaking of food a holy sacrament of divine nourishment of the temple of self.

Michio Kushi understood the condition of inner harmony of mind, body and spirit arrived at through a macrobiotic diet came from a quickening of vibration and light as the substance of food united with the person consuming it. Knowing that what is innermost becomes outermost, Michio Kushi took the theory of the unity of matter to a higher spiritual expression, that of human unity, that we are all one, interdependent, interconnected across an infinity of time and space.

The potential for human unity came from each individual taking responsibility for his or her own health, pursuing the diet of a compassionate, non-violent harvest, respecting, preserving all which inhabit the natural world from harm and so achieving the reconciliation with the natural world which the philosopher Thomas Berry said is the great work of our lives.

The great work of Michio Kushi’s life was to raise the consciousness of the world about the power of food, the essentiality of dietary choices, the path toward health which strengthens the body and liberates the spirit.

At this moment in human history where the biosphere is threatened by short-sighted agricultural policies which selfishly waste precious water resources, poison the land, befoul the air, pollute gene pools, it is the gentle spirit of Michio Kushi, which can lead us back towards a Garden Eden filled with fruits, vegetables and grains from the cornucopia of life, where all are fed and all live in harmony, and thus we can turn the myth of the Fall of Man into an At-One-Ment, a celebration of return to Grace, the achievement of Enlightenment – – One Peaceful World.

This was the vision of Michio Kushi, now it is his legacy, to be resurrected to help save the planet from destruction with regenerative agriculture, agro-ecological principles, plant-based diets and the abolition of war..

We who were privileged to share a day or blessed to share a lifetime with Michio knew his genius rested upon simplicity of thinking, of personal habit, of living, of eating. His gift for clarity enabled breakthrough thinking which accelerated evolutionary thought in human health, ushering in new insights into medicine and healing.

Michio Kushi’s philosophy and writings helped to make what was once called Alternative Medicine, mainstream. His partnership with Alex Jack produced world-acclaimed texts on disease prevention and the achievement of total health, principles which are now a bedrock of integrative medicine.

Michio’s message was not simply about the wholeness of food, it was about the wholeness of life: You do not have to suffer, you can live, enjoy a long life, and be happy. For some this may seem cliché, but for Michio Kushi, the attainment of health, happiness and inner peace was in fact the goal of life, as was love, the love of his family, especially his beloved life partner and wife, Aveline.

When Aveline passed, Michio faced a great crisis because his love was no longer with him on his journey. His health suffered. His vital energy waned. Then he met Midori. He was revitalized, summoned back to life. Through Midori he reclaimed his own spark of light and love, which he carried forth to his final days.

In 1999, I had the honor of welcoming Michio and Aveline Kushi to Washington, DC, at the celebration of the acquisition of their collection by the Smithsonian. A few days later, I introduced Michio Kushi to a major committee of the House of Representatives where he testified how a macrobiotic diet could be a powerful therapy for women suffering from certain types of cancer.

He added, joyfully, disease prevention or recovery could be enhanced by singing a happy song, every day, like “You are My Sunshine.”

Let us take his wisdom, and at this moment call forth the expressive power of his joy. Please join me, if you wish, in singing a few lines from Michio’s happy song, “You are My Sunshine.”

“You are my sunshine,

My only sunshine,

You make me happy,

When skies are grey.

You’ll never know dear,

How much I love you,

Please don’t take

My sunshine away.”

Our lives will forever be warmed by the mere thought of you, dear Michio.

We abide in your light and your light abides in us.

Thank you. Dennis Kucinich

#MacroBiotics #MichioKushi #Peace #Diet #Nutrition #Health Kushi Institute

 

Michio Kushi Memorial Services and Reception Update

January 18, 2015


Michio Kushi (May 17, 1926 - December 28, 2014)

We invite you to attend Michio Kushi’s Memorial Service to celebrate his life and influence. The Memorial Service will be held at:

2:00 PM, Saturday, January 31st
Arlington Street Church
Corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets
Boston, Massachusetts

A reception will follow at:

Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts

The Marriott Hotel is located about five blocks from Arlington Street Church.

If you plan on attending the Memorial Service and/or reception, please RSVP on the http://www.michiokushi.org website. This will provide a way for us to track attendees for space and catering purposes.

To help defray the costs of the Memorial and reception, we are gratefully accepting donations sent via PayPal to “MichioKushiMemorial@gmail.com”. If you prefer not to use PayPal, please contact MichioKushiMemorial@gmail.com and we will contact you with further information.

THE KUSHI FAMILY

Invitation For Your Video Messages in Memory of Michio Kushi

January 11, 2015

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As part of the January 31st Memorial Service for Michio Kushi in Boston we invite anyone interested to create a short video recording and message and upload it to Youtube.  Please use the keyword “MichioKushiMemorial” in the video description and add a link to it in the comment section below. We will then compile these videos and try to show them at the Memorial Service in Boston on January 31.

If you are unable to attend the Memorial Services then recording a video message may allow your message to be included.  Even if you do plan on attending a recording will help preserve your message for the future.

Thank you in advance
Kushi Family

Michio Kushi’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Boston

January 9, 2015

Michio Kushi (May 17, 1926 - December 28, 2014)
Michio Kushi’s Memorial Service will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at Arlington Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Arlington Street Church has special meaning and was chosen because it was one of the first venues where Michio regularly gave free lectures in the 1960s.

Time of service, details about the reception and information on how to contribute to a memorial fund will be posted at the MichioKushi.org website as soon as possible.

If you plan on attending the Memorial Service and/or reception, please take a moment and RSVP online using this form: Michio Kushi Memorial Registration Form. This will help us to better plan for the event.

Thank you for your patience as we plan a beautiful celebration to honor Michio’s life.

Impressions of My Father’s Passing by Norio Kushi

January 7, 2015
Michio and Norio, July 2001 - Photo by Seth Levine

Michio and Norio, July 2001 – Photo by Seth Levine

On December 28, 2014, our father, Michio Kushi, passed away peacefully in a hospital in Boston. On his last day his wife, Midori, and all of his sons, Norio, Haruo, myself and Hisao, were present and were able to speak with him for the last time. Later and after the holidays, on January 5th, 2015, our father’s remains were cremated in a private, family only  service.  A Memorial Service for the public is being planned for Saturday, January 31st, 2015 in Boston.  Details and more information for the Public Memorial Service will be posted here: http://www.michiokushi.org . The following are impressions of our father’s last day by Norio Kushi, my older brother. – Phiya

There are three words that come to mind when it comes to my father’s passing. I intentionally use the word “passing” instead of death, because the death of my father felt much more like a transition instead of finality associated with the word death.

The first word is “magical.” In the same way, during the presence of my children’s birth, there is a magical feeling, this same feeling was present during the dying of my father. Any differences that may have been there between myself and other family members, whether it be with my father or his wife, as soon as I walked into my father’s room, was gone. It all simply dissolved and felt as though it had never been there.

The second word is “beautiful.” As I walked into my father’s room, he was awake, fully conscious and completely aware of what was happening. My father got to say all that he wanted to say and all that he needed to say. In the end, the only thing that mattered to my father, was that there be peace and harmony between all family members, including, of course, his wife Midori. At the moment of my father’s passing, Midori was massaging his feet, he was fully awake, peaceful and happy.

The third word is “gratitude.” Also present in the room was this overwhelming feeling of gratitude. I am grateful for my father and mother selflessly providing for me throughout my life. I am grateful for JoAnne and our children for their unconditional love and support. I am grateful for our family, my brothers, sister for their unconditional love and support. I am grateful for all our friends, who are all as intimate as family and live throughout our green planet. Thank you all for sharing in this gift of life.

One more insight that I want to share is the timelessness of birth and death and that the source of life happening, is not just in the manifest, time based reality, but simultaneously at a much deeper level beyond the intellect. In the presence of my father, I saw the limitations in assigning the time based reality of cause and effect to death. The witnessing of the passing, is a glimpse into the timeless, a reality void of cause and effect.

Thank you to all.

Norio

MICHIO KUSHI [May 17, 1926 – December 28, 2014]

December 30, 2014

Michio Kushi (May 17, 1926 - December 28, 2014)

With great sadness we announce that our beloved husband, father and brother, Michio Kushi, 88, passed away peacefully the morning of December 28, 2014 in Boston, due to complications related to metastatic pancreatic cancer. On his last day, he was fully conscious and surrounded by his wife and sons. He is survived by his wife, Midori, brother, four sons, fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Information about memorial services will be forthcoming and will be posted at the michiokushi.org website..

THE KUSHI FAMILY

訃報

KUSHI INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL 会長である久司道夫が、2014年12月28日 未明(ボストン時間)、享年89歳にて逝去いたしました。 ここに生前のご厚誼を深く感謝するとともに、謹んでお知らせいたします。 なお、日本における「お別れの会」につきましては、決定次第、ご連絡申し上げます。

KUSHI INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL東京連絡先

久司正夫
金久保宏高

http://www.michiokushi.org/

I will be hosting a discussion at the upcoming Kushi Institute Summer Conference August 3-17, 2014

July 31, 2014

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I will be hosting a discussion for change on the morning of Friday, August 15 at 11am at the annual Kushi Institute Summer Conference (August 3-17, 2014) at Becket, Massachusetts. Below is the topic and description of the discussion and, if successful, may be extended to the internet on Facebook. For more information about the conference please go to: http://www.kushiinstitute.org/summer-conference/ .  

Discussion Title:

Who are you? Why are you here? What do you want for your life? And…What are we going to do about it, if anything?

Description:

Never more than ever before do we find ourselves interconnected with each other on this “pale blue dot”; this “intergalactic spaceship” known as “earth”, where our personal actions and lifestyles directly and indirectly influence each other for better and worse. With a rapidly growing world population of 7 billion, unrelenting industrial growth, advancements in technology we are faced with unprecedented global challenges that threaten us all.  We live longer but are more sick. The world may be more democratic but economic disparity has never been greater. World war seems less a possibility yet local violence grows and threatens us evermore. Everything is more convenient and accessible but all at the expense of our natural environment. We have greater information in our hands but seem less able to make any change.

 

For most of its recent 70 year history the macrobiotic movement has primarily been focused on addressing health concerns with individual dietary change and food awareness as the key to transforming the world. This effort continues today producing many remarkable recoveries beyond present medical limitations.  Overtime the macrobiotic effort to promote this food-health connection has deepened our understanding and awareness of the interconnectedness of our world.  Yet despite this effort little change in the self-destructive nature of our direction as a human race seems to have been made.

 

We still live under the threat of nuclear warfare. We still depend on oil and other fossil fuels to power our lives.  We are faced with GMOs, factory farms and other unnatural foods. Nuclear accidents, terrorism, mass shootings, racism, political unrest, widespread violence and unprecedented pollution and waste continue to be produced by us and permanently effect our landscape and environment which in turn threaten our future and ultimate existence.  And so, what are we to do about this?

 

It’s a wonderful and great thing to regain your health and help others to regain theirs through macrobiotics, but for what?  That we may all go back and reintegrate into a world and society that is heading towards a certain self-destruction? What are we doing for change really?

 

While social internet media like Facebook allows us to share our thoughts, opinions and criticisms about specific topics, they do very little to bring us closer in a way that allows for us to understand who we are and how we can work together to transform ourselves, our lives and our world around us. Instead, social media comments and forums tend to degenerate into pointless arguments that lead nowhere and change little. Thus, for many of us on Facebook, we are left with endless cat memes, annoying political rants, food photos and George Takei to entertain us while our lives continue unchanged.

 

However, the opportunity presented in gatherings like the annual Kushi Institute Summer Conference is one that offers a unique time to emerge from behind our computers and gather in-person to meet new and old friends and self-reflect together and ask ourselves the most basic and fundamental questions which define ourselves and course of our lives. Who are we? Why are we here? What do we really want to do with our lives? and…What can we do collectively that we do not seem to be able to accomplish as individuals?

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

 
This event is a discussion and not a lecture. It is not about answers but about possibilities and it involves participation.  My intention is not present information as an expert in any field but address concerns which effect us all and to facilitate a new conversation of possibilities.  We are all in this together

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