I had the pleasure of attending a qi gong seminar this weekend presented by Dr. Steven Aung. I first met Dr. Aung several years ago when I lived in Edmonton and didn’t know that there were others places in Canada that didn’t have snow 10 months of the year! He was/is a family physician, a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor, an acupuncturist, and a high level qi gong master. He is a source of unique experience and wisdom.
During the question and answer period, Dr. Aung seemed to endlessly welcome questions and he kept his responses centralized around a main theme- kindness and compassion.
Bear in mind that Dr. Aung is a respected scientist and geriatric specialist and has spent a large portion of his professional career prescribing pharmaceuticals for disease. After years of careful observation he has seen the need for calming the mind, letting go of anger and fear, and approaching the world with kindness and compassion.
Drugs and serious medical intervention have their role to play in our health and healing but so does our mind and the way we see the world and interact with it. Practicing compassion is central to Eastern philosophy and studies show that it can lower blood pressure, decrease respiration rate, reduce cortisol, and decrease inflammation.
So, perform a little act of kindness and compassion today and know that it will benefit the world and your health!