Sun Simiao was a 7th century scholar and doctor who continues to fascinate modern day scholars of Chinese Medicine and who was famed with creating the first "code of ethics" or vision for the practice of Chinese Medicine.
“Whenever a great doctor treats an illness, he must first of all calm his spirit and fix his resolve. He should not give way to wishes and desires but should develop first of all an attitude of compassion. He must vow to rescue the sufferings of all sentient beings. If someone comes for help, he must not ask if the patient is noble or common, rich or poor, old or young, beautiful or ugly. Enemies, relatives, good friends, Chinese or barbarians, foolish and wise, all are the same. He should think of them as his closest relatives. He should not be overly circumspect and worry about omens or his own life. He should look on others’ sufferings as his own and be deeply concerned. He should not hide away in the mountains. Day and night, in cold and heat, in hunger, thirst, and fatigue, he should single-mindedly go to the rescue. Whoever acts in this manner is a great doctor for the living. Whoever acts contrary is a great thief for those who still have their spirits.” - Sun Simiao, "On the Absolute Sincerity of Great Physicians,"
Numerous sources of information on Sun Simiao exist but here is one suggestion for further reading
So at Flow yoga last week, a 3-day intro to meditation course was generously offered free of charge by David Cornwell of Free Yoga. The simplicity of the zazen practice taught by David made a deep impression on me and this is what I took from it...
You can't in truth control the things you want to control, your breathing, the noises and distractions, the thoughts that flicker in and out of your head even when you're trying hard not to think about anything, any more than you control your life, the illnesses we endure, our loved ones endure, the labels the doctors give to our illnesses...arthritis, hypothyroidism, anxiety disorder, torn muscles or tendons, unexplained infertility....but we can accept our lives, our diagnosis, and ourselves, and accept that we now have to take a new journey through our illness to the best of health that we can achieve.
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