Archive for September, 2010

Daily Living as Healing

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

This morning I was reading in Tulku Thondup’s The Healing Power of Mind and thought I’d share the following with you:

“Daily Living as Healing

One of the most important and effective means of healing is to turn every step of our daily life into healing exercises.  Instead of separating meditation and life into compartments, bring them together.  By bringing a spacious awareness into whatever you do, equanimity, clarity, and joy have a chance to blossom.  If we develop the right habits, everything becomes a healing.  So we should consistently try to develop a right way of seeing, thinking, and acting.

Mindfulness is the key to transforming our daily lives.  Let go of worries and habitual dislikes, and simply be with the stream of your activities.  Cultivate a relaxed and open mood, whether you are thinking with your intellect or acting with your body.  When you are walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, give yourself to that. . .

Approach your life in the spirit of warm-hearted enjoyment.  On a few dates on the calendar are marked as holidays, but we don’t have to wait for them to be cheerful and happy.  Even when problems or challenges come, an open attitude will guide us along the path.”  (p. 145).

May all our thoughts, actions, intentions and words be devoted to healing for those who need it and, indeed, for us all.

Health is based in your mind

Monday, September 13th, 2010

In an Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) review (March – May 2002), the following excerpt was shared.

“Every method of treating illness works.  High-tech laboratory-tested therapies of Western medicine work – so do the ancient techniques of Eastern medicine.  Laser surgery and chemotherapy, crystals, ginseng root and Echinacea, low-fat diets and vitamin megadoses, as well as the whole armamentarium of New Age medicine – such as aromatherapy, music therapy, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, macrobiotics – they all work.  Every possible decoction of forest and garden, and yes, a rag, a bone, and a hank of hair, have been used to heal and have healed.  In the history of the world, there has never been a medicine or treatment that did not heal someone.

How is this possible?  What is really going on here?

To compound the puzzle, why doesn’t a given treatment work on everyone who has the same disease?  And, if a treatment is effective in Switzerland, why doesn’t it work in Swaziland?  And, if a treatment worked in 1800, why didn’t the identical treatment work in the year 1900?

Science always claims to look for the simplest answer, the elegant solution.  Is there one that could explain this conundrum?. . .

The truth is that your health is in your mind.”

(From Faith and the Placebo Effect, by Lolette Kuby, Origin Press, 2001).

I’m sure I’ll eventually read this book; I am curious to how she approaches this topic.

My own feeling is that “your health is in your mind” is a meaningful, but possibly overly-simplified sense of how healing occurs.  (And, of course, this is only an excerpt and doesn’t give the whole story of what Kuby is taking about.)

Yes the mind is crucial, as are spiritual aspects, social factors, cultural influences, belief systems etc. – coupled with the fact that every human body is completely unique, and even the ordering and workings of our individual bodily system changes minute by minute.  This means that what might heal you today might have no impact whatsoever tomorrow.  This mind-boggling reality means that we need to move in to the quantum realm to understand healing and to support its unfolding.

How we do that and what that means for individual healing?  Well.  Let’s keep looking.