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‘Four Diagnoses in Oriental Medicine’ – Zen Shiatsu by Shizuto Masunaga. (1977)

In oriental diagnosis the practitioner seeks an understanding of the patient as a whole being in a similar way when two people encounter each other. First, observe their appearances, exchange greetings, listen to the tone of each other’s voice, notice any particular odor or smell, ask each other questions, and shake hands or embrace.

In western medicine diagnosis is directed more toward the complaint rather than the complainer. Like a detective looking for a criminal, the doctor conducts and investigation to discover the disease afflicting the body without regard for the patient himself. So the patient is treated as a sick object rather than a human being. This type of doctor-patient relationship is considered unnatural in oriental diagnosis.

Respect, trust, and affection for each other as human beings is very important for successful diagnosis. The practitioner should be confident in his skill to heal but at the same time respect and understand his patient. When this type of relationship exists, accurate diagnosis can be achieved.

And here’s the man in action – wish I’d met him.

Why Meditate?

Pema Chodron – from her book – ‘The Wisdom of No Escape’.

‘Meditation is about seeing clearly the body that we have, the mind that we have, the domestic situation that we have, the job that we have, and the people who are in our lives. It’s about seeing how we react to all these things.

It’s seeing our emotions and thoughts just as they are right now, in this very moment, in this very room, on this very seat. It’s about not trying to make them go away, not trying to become better than we are, but just seeing clearly with precision and gentleness….

…[We] work with cultivating gentleness, innate precision , and the ability to let go of small-mindedness, learning how to open to our thoughts and emotions, to all the people we meet in our world, how to open our minds and hearts.’

Friday lunchtime drop-in Mindfulness Meditation Practice Group

new rd mandala

Friday lunchtime drop-in Practice Group resumes this week at New Road Psychotherapy Centre on 23 January 2015 1-2pm. £5.

Why not join us? You are all most welcome – that includes complete beginners!
The sessions are held in Brighton’s busy North Laines, above Leaders Estate Agents at New Rd Psychotherapy Centre , near The Mash Tun. Just turn up and ring the group room bell.
This lovely group has become a highlight in my working week and I always look forward to it. A great way to wind down and give yourself a little space and time near the end of a long week.
If you would like more information, feel free to message me here or have a look at my website http://www.bewellandhappy.co.uk.
You can also enjoy the lovely Mandala artwork currently exhibiting here courtesy of Mandalaman