It has been a lovely weekend — sleeping in, Woofstock, hiking among the fall leaves, the dog park, running into some friends, an afternoon nap, cooking a pot of wild rice soup, and time to read and practice reiki. I feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
At the moment, I am reading a book on traditional Chinese medicine (Ancient Healing for Modern Women by Xiaolan Zhao – excellent, I highly recommend it). Chinese medicine has a definite focus on treating the whole person – physical, mental, and spiritual – so is really resonating with me. One point that struck me was their belief that while excessive sadness can negatively affect your health, so can excessive joy. As in all things, there should be balance. Isn’t that fascinating to consider?!
Another point that I really liked was how she distinguished healing from curing, which seems to align with what I am learning about reiki. She defines healing as “the process of becoming whole and finding meaning in our circumstances” and says, “When we understand what it is to heal, we know that a specific physical or physiological condition does not have to restrict the quality of our lives .. Even if curing is not possible, healing can still occur.” I need to remember this.