Michio Kushi passed away in Boston early Sunday morning of December 28, 2014, surrounded by his four sons and his wife Midori. His oldest son, Norio, wrote that they all shared a magical and beautiful experience. Michio was peaceful and happy, free of pain, able to say his farewells to each and ask for harmony among all. Michio was 88 years old and had pancreatic cancer.
Michio had a big heart and a strong spirit that inspired me and thousands of others. His contributions to personal healing, social change and world peace will be part of his lasting legacy. I am grateful for having known him over 44 years and remain inspired by his teaching of the unique principle, order of the universe and non-credo.
Michio was a powerful, early teacher for the direct connection of foods to health. Combining the philosophy of Oriental yin/yang with a strong Japanese emphasis, his vision spanned from the practical, such as organic, seasonal and local foods to a spiritual consciousness. His teachings which extended over 50 years, directly and indirectly changed many thousands of people's orientation to greater health, myself included.
His expression of macrobiotics always came from a larger view of life, inspiring people to seek their greater potentials as human beings. He taught that our foods are our connection to nature and the best means to bring health and harmony to our personal life and our world. Though we may fall short of these goals, we can remember that they are vital to seek. I am forever grateful to his inspiration and early guidance.
I will be attending Michio's Memorial Service in Boston on Saturday, January 31. Soon afterward, I will write about it and further reflections on Michio's contributions.