OK, so CLEARLY I've been neglecting this little forum more than I'd like to admit... but the distance between posts is far too telling. I've gotten a little too heavy with my own journal these days and started conversing with some folks that've really satisfied my need for dialogue, and that made me space out on my old covenant with our esteemed host brandogreenman
. But I'll try to get on track again.
So, I was severely knocked out by the plague a couple of weeks ago. I actually charted its course across the country using nothing more complex than my LJ Friends list and, like a storm on the horizon, I saw it coming but couldn't do much to stop it or get outta the way. But I took shelter on my extra-comfy couch until it passed, and here I am. And I talked with our aforementioned proprietor about it when it was happening, and it made me think of an interesting question:
What is the Tao of Healing? More specifically, what is YOUR Tao of Healing?
Everyone has things they do that're as unique as they are, but everyone I've ever seen pretty much has a routine of behaviors and remedies that go into effect as soon as trouble strikes. Now, there are physical troubles, and then there are mental/emotional troubles... If you could think about it, I'd ask you to try and draw parallels between the two in your life. From my perspective, at least, I can say that my approaches to both are almost identical even though the specific instruments used are not.
If we wanted to get all Chinese Medicine about it, I apply "heat" under almost all circumstances: energy, stimulation. When I feel sick, I'll intentionally avoid fever reducing medicine and go out of my way to "burn off" the illness as quickly as possible. I also enjoy spicy food almost any day of the week, but it takes on a new importance when I'm sick. Almost EVERYTHING I eat will be spiced to the point that it's almost poisonous, but that suits me just fine. Tastes good, boosts my metabolism and clears my sinuses all in one shot, and jalapenos are cheaper by the pound than Advil. ;)
Emotionally, though, I've noticed that I tend to do the same thing. When I'm feeling worried or depressed, I tend to become outgoing and adventurous overnight as if I've just come down with a terminal illness. Not just more sociable, but also more daring--going to new and far-away places, putting myself in awkward and/or dangerous situations. The intense stimulation seems to have about the same effect as the spicy food... Once I get fired up, I recover very rapidly.
All in all, the way I recover ties in perfectly to my personality overall. I'm pretty aggressive and confrontational, always eager to deal with a problem head-on, and if I start to lag behind then all I need is the right kind of fuel to get me back into the fight. Whether it's food or fun, making life feel a bit more intense for a short time gives me the strength to resist throwing in the towel. ;)
I'd be interested to find out if anyone else has another approach... Or even a remark about mine would do... Hell, I'd just be glad to see something get started here again. I always liked the vibe in here a little better than some of the pseudo-intellectual LJ coffee shops I'd stumbled into in the past. Heheh.