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Healing Secrets of the Samurai, Part Two – the Mind-Body

SamuraiIn last week’s article, “Healing Secrets Found in the Samurai’s Sword,” I discussed how the Samurai sword was an instrument of honor and life more so than as a weapon of combat. The article equated the strength of the sword with the healing wisdom that shines deep inside all of us. Today’s article addresses the relationship between the Way of the Samurai and mind-body healing. Samurai training was not just physical; it was mostly an internal discipline. The Way of the Samurai stressed victory over oneself as the surest path to victory over an opponent.

Yagyu Munenori was a venerated sword instructor to three generations of Shoguns (military commanders-in-chief) in 16th and 17th century Japan. In his timeless Samurai manual, The Life Giving Sword, Yagyu directly addresses the issue of health by pointing out: “The thought of expelling sickness is itself sickness.” In other words, focusing on fighting poor health can lock you into a cycle of experiencing poor health. Rather than “expelling sickness,” it is far more important to nurture your inborn potential for vibrant health and well-being. Yagyu further stresses, “If ‘Great Potential’ is not always maintained within, ‘Great Function’ is unlikely to become manifest.” By this he means that great health comes first and foremost from strengthening what is already inside of you – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – rather than merely fighting problems.

Another of history’s greatest martial artists was O-sensei (Great Teacher) Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of the Japanese Martial art, Aikido. In his classic text, The Art of Peace, O-Sensei wrote, “Heaven is right where you are standing.” The health lesson contained in that quote is that, at your core, you are already perfectly healthy. The foundation of health is to allow your innate healing wisdom to work to its highest potential. This is true whether you are in a state robust health or are suffering from pain or disease (even chronic or life-threatening disease). This is not to suggest that you shun medical or alternative intervention. What I mean is, even if you are seeking treatment for illness or injury, still focus on maximizing your innate healing potential as the foundation of your health and well-being.

I offer these Samurai lessons to provide you a greater understanding of the true art of chiropractic. You probably already understand that chiropractic is very effective for treating pain and other symptoms throughout the body. But the benefits go much deeper. As a holistic chiropractor, I help you heal from the inside out to feel better and to reach your peak, natural potential for health and well-being.

Dr. Mark William Cochran is a holistic chiropractor in Sandpoint, and is an award winning author and speaker. You can contact him at 208-304-2330 or through his website at Dr. Mark trains under Sensei Scott Santarpio at Aikido Sandpoint.

photo from flickr – Lorianne DiSabato


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