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Acupuncture

Yesterday I tried Eastern medicine in the form of acupuncture and herbs at Five Points Holistic Healing on Fullerton in Chicago. I wasn’t sure what to expect. A friend recommended Five Points when I injured my wrist. I went a Western doctor first, which did help, but I’ve heard a lot about Chinese and Korean medicine, that I believe there’s something to it.

Five Points Holistic Healing offers a very peaceful environment with serene music, calming colors. As I’d heard the acupuncture needles did just feel like slight pricks and I was amazed how the pain in my left hand disappeared after half an hour of acupuncture. I received two containers of herbs that are supposed to help my swelling and pain. They do taste bad, I’ve only taken them three times, but I’ll let you know if they do in fact work.

The cost was half what a Western doctor’s visit and medicine would cost.

So far I’m very satisfied. I wouldn’t seek Eastern treatment for every health problem, but I do think it can be effective in many instances.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Inspired by Colline, I’m trying out a new blogging challenge, Weekend Coffee Share. It’s a simple writing prompt asking participants to share a few experiences or thoughts from the past week.

This week my mom had knee replacement surgery and it went well. We were impressed with the level of care and hospital facilities. (Still whenever I’m in a nice hospital, I can’t help but compare to other countries’ nice hospitals that manage to give good care less expensively. A lot less expensively.)

If we were having coffee this weekend it would have to be on Saturday afternoon since my morning, starting at 3:30 am was dedicated to watching the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Merkle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I’m a sucker for the elegance and beauty of a royal wedding.

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It’s a nice break from the ordinary. It’s a rare occasion that brings people together. The bride was stunning in her elegant dress and the groom so dapper in his military regalia. Oh, and those adorable children who served as bridesmaids and page boys. American bride, Meghan got to put her imprint on the ceremony by having an American clergyman give an impassioned sermon on the power of love and by choosing to walk partially up the aisle on her own before her new father-in-law took her arm.  The guest list included people who’ve started and run charities rather than heads of state. A gospel choir performed “Stand By Me.”

I heard back from a good theater near me that they’re interested in reading the full script of the lay I’ve just finished. It takes them about six months to make a decision and it’s a long shot, but I’s an exciting opportunity.

I had a job interview for a Learning Design job. I liked the peopleI met. The work nicely relates to what I’ve done before. I’ll find out next week.

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Ikigai

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Ikigai is a Japanese word that refers to the intersection of your mission, passion, profession, and vocation (see below). Héctor Garcìa and Francesc Miralles investigated a village in Okinawa which has the highest number of residents over the age of 100.

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Their secrets to longevity and quality of life are useful, but the book as a whole could easily be edited down to an article. The authors travel to Japan and interview several active, healthy centenarians but all that’s shared are a few conversations and a list of quotations along with a description of 10 common qualities of these vibrant centenarians and explanations of how they implement them into their daily lives:

  1. Never retire – always participate in meaningful, helpful activities
  2. Take it slow – no need to rush which makes people stressed.
  3. Don’t eat till you’re full – stop eating when you’re 80% full or fast a day or two a week. One trick is to eat on very small plates, perhaps the size of a saucer and don’t pile food up.
  4. Keep moving through light exercise. You don’t need to do contact sports or run an marathon. Keep it simple.
  5. Surround yourself with friends. Have several relationships so if one ends, you have back up.
  6. Smile
  7. Reconnect with nature.
  8. Give thanks.
  9. Live in the moment.
  10. Follow your ikigai.

The trouble I found with the book was the meandering. I think there were 10 qualities just because ten is a round number. In addition to information about ikigai, there’s a lot of fluff about yoga, tai chi, Csikszentmihalyi’s flow. They also add paragraphs that should have been deleted about their trip from the airport and such banalities. The ideas about flow, tai chi, etc. were from the authors and not from the Japanese elders.

I’d hoped that this would be like The Little Book of Hygge, but it lacked the wit and the tone of the book. I think I’d rather read such a book written by an insider. Someone from Japan would be able to add insights two outsiders couldn’t.

So this is a book to get from the library and skim. then go out and find that passion, make more friends, smile and eat till you’re just 80% full.

For Americans’ Healthcare

Now till December 15th, Americans should sign up for their insurance coverage. Here are some links to good article on Consumer Reports:

Thanksgiving Dinner Strategy

Reasonable ideas to not blow your healthy eating habits with Thanksgiving. I admit I’ll indulge more. I think your daily eating habits are what makes the difference. I can do better with that and resist the temptation to hibernate and eat heavier food as winter nears.

Detoxes Debunked

Convinced that the means of super, good health is a detox of white food or processed food or what have you, I’ve tried to detox and quit as after a couple days I feel weak and feeble. I always feel I’ve failed.

Thus I couldn’t be happier to learn that you don’t need to detox. The whole idea is a myth because your body gets rid of toxins anyway. It’s an attractive idea, but there’s no science behind it.

Seems all we need to do is eat well.