[The body’s] physical center… is called hara, the very center of which is called tanden. Centering techniques such as meditation, martial arts, yoga, and breathing encourage the body energy to become balanced. Through focusing energy in the hara, the mind, emotions, and spirit become united and our actions and reactions harmonize appropriately with the natural and immediate environments.
~The Book of Shiatsu, Saul Goodman
The pain has gone– the medicines feel like they did the job. I talked with my doctor, and will be scheduling an appointment with a specialist soon.
I’m viewing this recent illness as a wake-up call to do something different with my life. If the body’s center, the hara, is the point where everything aligns and where one is centered, then I have somehow become very uncentered. I need to change things before I self-destruct. It has to start now.