My Chinese medicine mentor Dr. Robert Johns (author of “The Art of Acupuncture Techniques“) recommends his patients to do soft and creative activities with their hands, especially for those with heart conditions or high levels of stress and too much time spent in their heads, such as desk jobs or just general over-thinking. There is an additional requirement that the activity is something of their own choice and that they enjoy, not one born out of a sense of “should”. Bread making, ceramics, brush painting, knitting, Chinese calligraphy… the choices are vast.
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A simplified view of Eastern and Western thought may compare the holistic and reductionist ways of viewing health, cosmology, microbiology and everything in between. While a Western Medical specialist examines a biopsy or a blood test, a snapshot in time and space, to determine the health of an individual, a Chinese Medical practitioner views the whole person including organs and systems, emotional and physical states, lifestyle in the days and years preceedeing, even the patient’s experience in-utero and at birth. A good doctor in either tradition is like a detective, searching for clues that uncover the causes of how we got where we are.
Each having their own merit, to discard entierely or blindly elevate one over the other would be to embrace one side of the dualistic thinking that, as Siddhartha Gautama once said, is the root of suffering. Since the reductionist Western view gets ample coverage, this blog will explore the pattern-oriented approach that looks for clues in cycles, rhythm and flow to understand how we got here and where we are headed.
This method of holistic and pattern-oriented seeing can open us to the freedom that exists within the confines of our own experience. It is a simple act with broad and deep potential.
Wishing you a joyful and liberating journey.