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Es gibt zwei Gründe für mich, diesen Blog zu schreiben. Ich beschäftige mich beruflich intensiv mit der Chinesischen Medizin und den damit verbundenen Themengebieten und habe schon seit längerer Zeit das Bedürfnis, über die vielen Fragen zu bloggen, mit denen man in diesem Berufsfeld eigentlich ständig konfrontiert wird, die immer wieder gefragt werden. Muss ich daran glauben, damit es funktioniert? Wie funktioniert Akupunktur? Was ist mit der Ernährung? Bei welchen Problemen wird Chinesische Medizin angewendet?  Warum also nicht bloggen, um etwas Licht in das Dunkel zu bringen? Die Chinesische Medizin in einem Blog zu erklären ist wahrscheinlich nicht möglich und auch nicht meine Absicht. Letztendlich geht es mir auch um die Verarbeitung meiner persönlichen Erfahrungen und Erkenntnisse in schriftlicher und öffentlicher Form.

Der eigentliche Anlass, zu bloggen, war aber der Plan, bald für 6 Monate in die USA zu gehen, um andere Schulen, Einrichtungen, Kurse und Praktizierende zu erleben, Erfahrungen zu sammeln und meinen Horizont zu erweitern. Da ich keine Lust hatte auf das typische Reisetagebuch, aber es mir trotzdem in den Fingern juckte, meine Erfahrungen mitzuteilen, sah ich nun die Zeit gekommen, meinen Chinesische-Medizin-Blog ins Leben zu rufen. Bis zum Abflug sind nun noch ein paar Monate Zeit, aber auch in der Zwischenzeit wird es Interessantes zu berichten geben.

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There are two main reasons for me writing this blog. Due to my occupation I deal a lot with Chinese Medicine and the related fields and have been feeling the need to blog about the many questions that people ask again and again. Do you have to believe in Chinese Medicine to make it work? How does acupuncture work? What about diet? What can be treated with Chinese Medicine? So why not blog about this? I’m not going to explain the whole concept of Chinese Medicine, which is probably not even possible. Instead it is my goal to process my personal experiences and realizations in written and public form.

The actual motive to start the blog was my plan to travel the USA for 6 months, to see other schools, institutions, classes and practitionners, to gain experience and expand my horizon. And because I didn’t really want to do the classic travel diary, I thought that the time has come for my Chinese-Medicine-Blog. My flight only goes in a couple of months but also in the meantime there will be a lot of interesting stuff to write about.

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  1. Cameron Brooks
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 02:24:44

    I teach 3rd grade in a US public school and we begin each day with a mix of Qigong and Tai Chi. We have a classroom vegetable bed that proves how meaningful and relevant the ecological human/plant relationship can become (even for kids who „hate vegetables“). Next year I plan to incorporate mindfulness meditation into our routine. If you have any resources, links, or sage advice for a kindred soul, please share.

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  2. dreipfundflachs
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 11:07:17

    A vegetable bed at school sounds great. Do you cook with the vegetables as well? Because that would really increase the acceptance of vegetables in kids, involving them in the process of growing, harvesting and cooking foods.
    I don’t know how the class schedule in America or at your school is, but a little Tai Chi in between classes or during the breaks often does the trick, too. But Tai Chi and Qigong in the morning alone is very beneficial. I love the idea of kids being taught so many different things that yet benefit each other so much.
    Would you describe the way you want to meditate with them a little more?

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  3. Cameron Brooks
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 17:37:03

    Unfortunately, by the time the vegetables are ready to be harvested, school’s out for summer. Right before the school year ends, we snack on tomatoes, and during the colder months, they eat leafy greens. Only a few students who live in the neighborhood visit the bed during the summer months, so (this year) I have a steady supply of sungold tomatoes, okra and peppers to cook with at home. In an effort to circumvent the scheduling challenge, next year I plan on establishing an optional afterschool gardening club for those interested in year-round gardening. There is a community garden a few blocks away, so the kids will decide how big their plot needs to be, and what to grow.

    Brief Tai Chi exercises throughout the day are a great idea, but scheduling can get complicated. Many students are pulled for specific needs, so I rarely have all of them at once.

    As for meditation, I tried a few exercises last year. In the words of Susan Smalley, „Mindfulness is the art of observing your physical, emotional, and mental experiences with deliberate, open, and curious attention.“ The benefit of practicing mindfulness in the classroom is that children have the opportunity to simply be in the moment. Research shows that it enhances the ability to regulate emotion, and increases attention/focus (without ubiquitous medication). In education, so much emphasis is placed on productivity, speed and efficiency. Mindfulness brings balance to the day. It’s uncomplicated, yet hugely beneficial. One simple exercise is called the „Raisin Meditation.“ Each child holds a raisin between their fingers and brings their attention to the texture, while sharing their experience with the group. Once the tactile adjectives have been exhausted, they close their eyes and place it in their mouths to chew for one minute. After, everyone shares their sensations again. I’m collecting and creating similar exercises with smell, sound and sight, and plan to incorporate it into narrative writing as well.

    If you’re curious about the American educational system, or finding out more about how I incorporate eastern philosophy into my pedagogy, there’s a link to an interview below. I would love to know your opinion on my efforts, and any advice you might have. Thank you, and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    http://olgaselfexpression.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/the-art-of-living/

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  4. dreipfundflachs
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 19:45:04

    As I wrote in your Blog I am now really interested in incorporating the vegetable bed in our classes at our Kung Fu school, because I think it’s a great way to teacht children about diet and also the natural effort it takes to get something on the plate, learning that things don’t appear magically on their table. I think that’s important because it might create a balance in their consuming behaviour. Thank you for this inspiration!
    I read the interview and I liked the way you talked about traveling, because this is exactly what I intend to achieve with my trip to the US (maybe you read about it). The quotation pretty much sums it up: „diversitiy assures resilience.“ I think even if you learned your profession from the best teacher in the world (metaphorically, the best is always relative) it wouldn’t be enough to be really good in your job. You have to see other things to become really confident in what you do, you have to deal with other influences and let them change you and your view of the world.
    The mindfulness meditation would have pretty much the same effect as I would intend to have with tai chi and qigong exercice during the day. Basically it’s always about the awareness in the current moment, in opposition to the future-oriented attitude we show most of the time. I think incorporating meditation is a great idea. It emphasizes the principle in eastern philosophy that is called „the journey is the destination“. Everybody knows this saying and it always seems kind of banal, but it’s actually one of the most important aspects of daoist philosophy. Of course you need goals, but the way there is equally important. A lot of mental, emotional and also very physical problems arise from our exaggarated goal-orientation. So focusing on the moment seems like a really good idea and it will clearly benefit the kids.
    Thanks for your interest in my blog, maybe you could keep me informed about the mindfulness meditation in your classes, I would really like to know how this works out.

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Please note that I'm only beginning my career in Chinese Medicine. It is not my goal to be historically or scientifically exact, I just want to share my thoughts and process my experiences. If you find something worth a discussion I would love you to leave a comment and will probably benefit from it.
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