The C2S blog draws on the arts, the social and biological sciences to explore the many meanings of health and "dis-ease." Designed to be a locus where patients, their families and professionals can meet on a level playing field, it is the natural off-shoot of the Cell 2 Soul Online Journal. We encourage the submission of ideas, essays, poems, stories, humor, and timely reviews relating to the humanities and health care.
"A stone, a leaf, an unfound door; of a stone, a leaf, a door. And of all the forgotten faces. Naked and alone we came into exile. In her dark womb we did not know our mother's face; from the prison of her flesh we come into the unspeakable and incommunicable prison of this earth. Which of us has known his brother? Which of us has looked into his father's heart? Which of us has not remained forever prison-pent? Which of us is not forever a stranger and alone? O waste of loss, in the hot mazes, lost, among bright stars on this most weary unbright cinder, lost! Remembering speechlessly we seek the great forgotten language, the lost lane-end into heaven, a stone, a leaf, an unfound door. Where? When? O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again." Thomas Wolfe
At the conclusion of a recent medical conference on Lanai, Honolulu healer,Tamar Hoffmann addressed us with these words: "I ask to share with you the Vow of Ahimsa (Peace, Nonviolence), as it was taught me by my beloved mentor, Mother Maya (Bri Maya Tiwari), spiritual teacher, ayurvedic healer, vedic scholar and author. I recite these words as part of my meditation, and occasionally when I feel stressed or challenged, and note an immediate transformation. Namaste,
I take the Vow of Ahimsa I make inner harmony my first priority
I take the Vow of Ahimsa in my thoughts, speech and action.
Comment: We all held hands and recited the mantra. I noticed a few were moved to tears. We all know what K.I.S.S. stands for. Mother Maya makes it: K.I.P.S. (keep it profoundly simple)
Huang-Po is a somewhat mysterious figure. Little is known about his life. What does this aphorism say to you about the practice of medicine, about the way politicians behave, about how one lives one's life, how one acts.