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Wēijī & Other Thoughts with Buddhist Influence
Read below to see how I apply ancient methodology and thought processes to differentiate my treatment procedures:
The first time I heard the term Weiji was in a speech by John F. Kennedy. I was 11. He was the first politician to impact me and I was fascinated by the concept that something very bad could be a catalyst for something very positive. Some linguists argue that the meaning, as president Kennedy used it, i.e. Opportunity in Crisis, is more myth than not. I choose to disagree, partly because they don’t really make a very strong case, in my opinion, but also because I have found over the years that the concept resonates when people are in crisis.
I have used Weiji in executive coaching, therapy and in my own life when I thought that things simply could not get any worse. It helps.
Peter Walsh wrote a book: Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? He is basically speaking to the issue of instant gratification and the fact it is part of the US culture to want everything instantly, including weight loss. He makes the point that, in addition, we do not take the time to take care of ourselves which is reflected in the messes we are willing to tolerate in our environment. I agree and I think that it contributes to our overall lack of good health.
To that end, I am a firm believer in Feng Shui, which means, literally “Wind and Water.” The ancient Chinese recognized the importance of one’s surroundings and their relationship to patterns that occur in our lives. They believed that when there is harmony, good health and good luck prevail. I believe this. For example, I find that if I keep the toilet seats down throughout the house, I spend less money. (Feng Shui philosophy would argue that leaving them up invites wealth to go down the drain.) Don’t laugh until you’ve tried it.
It is said that the term Feng Shui is actually a short way to refer to an ancient poem, which described the ideal conditions of a place where human life could thrive, in harmony with Heaven and Earth.
The winds are mild,
The sun is bright,
The water is clear,
The trees are lush.
I ascribe to Feng Shui and have organized my home accordingly. In keeping with this philosophy, I also engage in a number of activities or rituals around creating healthy, delicious foods that are visually pleasing. For example, I try get out on Saturdays to shop after I see my last patient, which is usually late afternoon. Since I am a very discriminating shopper, I have to go to several local places to get the things that are the freshest and healthiest and/or unique to my preferences. Since I generally get the same things I am in and out, which is a good thing as I am usually hitting three or four grocery stores.
Then I prepare the foods on Sunday when I get home from working on my latest book. This means cleaning fruits, marinating meats for freezing, making soups in the winter or hummus in the summer, and making my dog’s dog-food. Tiring? Sometimes but comforting to know that on Sunday evening the house is clean, the refrigerator is full of delicious healthy food and I can truly rest for five or six hours before going to sleep and beginning my week.
One of the hardest sells in facilitating recovery for my patients is getting them to commit to shopping for and preparing food. They don’t have the time. Read as, they don’t want to make it a priority or cannot see the value.
The Chinese symbols for Growth, Strength and Change flow from healthy living and acceptance of what comes my way. Join me in this journey!