Last week, a new study found that massage really does work to ease those sore muscles after a tough workout. Just 10 minutes can reduce inflammation, which can help your body recover. (It’s a great week for bodywork and Massage!
The benefits of body work, Bowen or Massage, go beyond the benefits of fixing a few sore muscles. Here are a few more reasons for a massage.
Is there something mystical that impels us?
Do we have a moral debt both personally a as a society?
The boast of Spiritual India hopes to attract in tourists and here in Bhopal, I am reminded that Emperor Ashoka attempted to house the ashes of the Buddha at Sanchi only 40 kilometres east of my Bhopal home.
After all, spirituality is more than glossy brochures. Spirituality is an inner transformation that reaches out to light the world. So while economic rationalists suggest development must come first, perhaps if we cleanse our moral debts of the burden of guilt then money will come.
Thich Nhat Hanh retells the Sutra on a Sons Flesh this way:
The Buddha once told his monks this story: A couple and their young son were crossing a vast desert on their way to seek asylum in another land. But they hadn’t planned well and were only halfway across the desert when they ran out of food. Realizing that all three would die in the desert, the parents made a horrifying decision: they decided to kill and eat their child. Every morning they ate a morsel of his flesh, just enough for the energy to walk a little further, all the while crying, “Where is our little boy?” They carried the rest of the son’s flesh on their shoulders, so it could continue to dry in the sun. Every night the couple looked at each other and asked, “where is our beloved child now?” And they cried and pulled their hair, and beat their chests with grief…
And the Buddha said, “We have to practice eating in such a way that will retain compassion in our heart. We have to eat in mindfulness. Otherwise we will be eating the flesh of our own children.”
Are we consuming our world mindlessly? Recently I heard Jane Goodall argue we must reconnect head and heart if we are to reconnect to the web of life. We are but one thread in the web, and if the web is destroyed so is the threads within it.
We must embrace our humanity. Be enraged with injustice. From the age of ten, Jane Goodall wanted to live with Animals, when it seemed an almost absurd idea. Set your goal to change the world. Don’t let put downs put you off.
Young people will speak, the collective consciousness of repressed indigenous peoples will be heard. Do we push the rush to unsustainable development or develop smart ecofriendly solutions?
The question is how.
Do we invite collaboraton or will it be forced upon our unwilling hearts?
For me to reach that end I must know first two things: What is the heart of India? What is the heart of Australia?
The struggle for balance is nothing new to India.
Hinduism proclaims four goals in human life (purusarthas) dharma, artha, kama and moksha, of which the first three, or trivarga, are practiced in this world. If practiced successfully, liberation or moksha from the cycle of rebirths, is attained.
Dharma or right conduct is often considered the most important, artha, the pursuit of economic goods is second. However, the author of the Arthasastra suggests kama and dharma flow from success in this world and is therefore superior. However, the sage Bhima argued in the Mahabharata “Kama is better than Dharma and Artha. As nectar is extracted from flowers, so is Kama to be extracted from these two. Kama is the parent of Dharma and Artha. Kama is the soul of these two.”
I suggest if we follow our duty with integrity, life will be blessed with passion. Or as the Hebrew writer put it “A man skilled in his work will be stationed before Kings.”
The first two must be given priority for the kama to arise transcendent? Has the modern world got this backwards.
Theologians of different faiths can argue if we are haunted by the karma of past lives, or whether we simply drink the bitter wine pressed by past generations.
Rather than believe in the power of money alone, I would chose to hope that passion and reward come from integrity within my person. What if our society could wash its debt to the past?
Tara Brach suggested that Eco Denial is a response to the unbelievable grief to damage done to painful to face. Our Earth has become both a supply source and a sewer. Societies rush to deforest and pollute in the rush for fossil fuel, is like a diabetic rushing to consume more sugar, or the obese rushing for more McDonalds.
Ignoring traditional peoples scarred by similar denials.
But despair can also force us to be present with our eco social reality. The flip side of despair is love. Being present, if only we truly feel it, may motivate deep personal and social transformation.
To realise where we stand so we can decide what will be best for us. How we can do our duty (dharma), achieve success (artha) and enjoy the passion of life.
“The pain we feel for our world is a living testimony to our interconnectedness with it. “ said Joanna Macy “If we deny this pain, we become like blocked and atrophied neurons, deprived of life’s flow and weakening the larger body in which we take being. But if we let it move through us, we affirm our belonging; our collective awareness increases. We can open to the pain of the world in confidence that it can neither shatter nor isolate us, for we are not objects that can break. We are resilient patterns within a vaster web of knowing.”
Follow your star, ignore all your detractors . Let it shine to make the world a better place.
I do not see herbs as drugs. They certainly can have a drug action and must be used with respect.
However, I prefer to look beyond the mediatisation f herbs as active ingredients. Perhaps it is because of the need for herbalism to be tested and verified scientifically. This is in itself a needed. However, we consume 25000 different phytochemicals during our life and their interactions are incompletely understood.
Traditional herbalism considers the whole plant (where possible) in synergy with the life experience.
This is why I feel home gardening is so important. Herbs should be experienced. Herbs and plants should be part of our sense experience. To feel the touch and smell of aromatics that sadly few truly experience.
It is why I fear the over commercialisation of plants. The reduction of phytochemical diversity in a world of what Guido Mase calls “Plant Deprivation”
Plant life should be enmeshed in daily life: food, ritual for beauty and the delight of the senses. Integrated and not just as a natural drug to cure a disease. Plants are the great networkers that bring nutrition from the earth .
The renaissance writers attempted to link nature, religion, science and psychology. In a way we need to return to a polytheism of the soul, or at least a recognition of the many components of life and psyche much as the internet can connect so many things together. What if we could also model life on ecology, mind and soul, instead of dryly divorced from it?
It would transcend economic interests. It would require a consensus that while less efficient , such a cooperative would mirror the ecologies collective, collaborative back loops that and not the hierarchical systems of corporation.
The power of science has both helped and hindered us. In particular, the mechanistic model of the earth -body machine. Roger Bacon wished to conquer nature and Descarte’s mind body split is , perhaps unfairly, is used to justify seeing the world as something “other”, a Newtonian machine.
Thw problem is best majestically described by Charles Eisenstein:
Not only is the desacralization of the body and physicality a poison to the world, it is a profound untruth as well. For the body is not the house of the spirit, it is the spirit taken physical form. And the world, too, is not the creation of divinity, it is divinity as presented to our senses. At least, that is an essential premise of this book. Issues of nurturance, self-trust, and mindfulness, even in the “basely physical” realm of food, reverberate with spiritual significance. That is because life in the world is a sacred journey, and matters of the flesh are potential vehicles for spiritual transformation.
According to this premise, the health crisis engulfing the modern world is a spiritual crisis, and a precious opportunity as well. Pain and illness in the body can illuminate what is important in life, and help us perceive the preciousness of life itself. Pain and illness bring us back to ourselves. Poor health can also be a message on many levels that something is not right. From the perspective of mechanistic science, the body is a faulty machine that needs an expert to repair it, an attitude analogous to the technological fix that ecologists criticize as a response to environmental problems. But if body and soul are not separate, then to heal the body at the deepest level is a work of the soul, and to listen to and learn from the body is to become closer to one’s Self.
– Charles Eisenstein The Yoga of Eating
Not specifically India, I found John Thackars recomendations – tourusm as a sharing experience, rather than as a destination – a useful way to see how tourists could be drawn to expeeirence and participate in Tribal Madhya Pradesh.
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When travelling oversees for healthcare, what are the questions you need to ask?
Complements of Patiemt’s Without Borders the are the questions a Medical tourist need to ask the physician directly or through a health care travel agent.
- What are your credentials? Where did you receive your medical degree? Where was your internship? What types of continuing education workshops have you attended recently? The right candidate will have his credentials on the web or email them to you.
- How many patients do you see each month? Hopefully more than 50 and less than 500. A good doctor will be in touch with their customers. If they don’t know be suspicious.
- To what association do you belong? A good physician keeps company with other skilled professionals. They should be part of atleast one medical association.
- How many patients have you treated with my condition? There is safety in numbers.
- What are the fees of your initial consultation? Compare the answer to other physicians you interview
- May I call you on my cell phone before, during and after treatment? Most international surgeons prefer to keep in close contact with their patients and the cell phone is their first choice.
- What personal and medical records do you need to assess my condition and treatment needs? Most surgeons require atleast the recent consultation notes of doctor and specialist, relevant X-Rays, medical history, health records. Be wary of any specialist not requiring health records.
- Do you practice alone, or in a clinic or hospital? Prefer a specialist who practices with a group of professionals with a broad range of skills.
- Do you do the surgery yourself or do you have assistants do the surgery? Be assured the procedure is not delegated to his protégé.
- “Are you the surgeon who oversees the entire treatment, including pre-surgery, surgery, prescriptions, physical therapy recommendations and post-surgery check-ups?” You want a team captain for larger procedures, which is usually the surgeon.