I am still pinching myself over the fact that I am working right now (during a pandemic no less!). It’s been roughly two months since I have returned to work and I am still in awe over the fact that we have been able to keep things moving at almost pre-pandemic levels, despite small changes to the daily treatment routine. (Don’t get me wrong! I am thankful everyday for the fact that I can operate and see each and every one of you at the clinic - even though I have to wear an outfit that makes me look like an extra playing a CDC scientist in a zombie / alien attack apocalypse movie as seen below!)
During my two months back at work, I have made a really interesting observation of almost all the conditions that I have been treating: and that is, most (if not all) of the conditions that I have worked on, no matter how unrelated each of them may seem to each other, stem from your everyday, standard anxiety!
Anxiety is often described in TCM theory as “over-worry” or “over-thinking”...
Nope, it's not the name of a master meditator/martial artist/holy monk who lives in the woods.
It's a concept; a philosophy of living; and when practiced on a daily basis, becomes part of the fabric of your daily routine. It isn't really a singular task that you do and check off at the end of the day. It's really more of the way you approach your tasks and the mindset (or your attitude) that you take when you go through the mundane, daily motions of living. And what powers the beating of the heart of the concept of Yang Sheng? The idea of nurturing and self care.
OK. Maybe I'm making this sound a little too simple. Or so simple that it just becomes downright confusing (sorta like when Mr Miyagi tells Daniel in the Karate Kid to "wax on, wax off" in typical zen-like fashion, while teaching him karate - and poor Daniel wonders how the heck any of this stuff even relates to real life!)
This is where I come in and do my typical filibuster...