|Dr. Ming Wu|
Dr. Wu also introduced me to the concept of "monkey-mind," which Wikipedia describes as "a Buddhist term meaning 'unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable'." This is not the way to "do nothing."
If you get out of your mind and into your body, the pain goes away. ~ Dr. Ming Wu
Dr. Wu also quoted Oogway, the wise master tortoise:
I understand exactly what Dr. Wu means. When I'm writing or painting, I loose myself in the joy of it. I get into the zone and loose total track of time. And I'm certainly not thinking about my pain or how tired I am! Being in the moment is energizing and takes me away from my illness, even if it's just for a little while."Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift, and that is why it's called the present."
One of my classmates in Tai Chi suggested a book called How To Be Sick--A Buddhist's Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard. I haven't read it, but it sounds interesting. Bernhard has chronic fatigue syndrome and writes about dealing with a chronic condition from a Buddhist perspective.
Touched by Lyme reviews How To Be Sick on Amazon:
Bernhard also uses a technique developed by Bryon Katie for re-framing negative thoughts called "The Work." Katie asks these four questions to "turnaround" negative thoughts:This book is not about how to get sick or how to stay sick. It's about how to "be" when you are sick. How to have a worthwhile existence, finding meaning, purpose and joy, even when chronic illness seems to have stolen your life away.
Is it true?
Can you absolutely know that it's true?
How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
Who would you be without the thought?
That's a lot of information to digest: living in the moment; doing "nothing"; monkey mind; re-framing negative thoughts - but I hope it helps you get through another day!