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October 2022 Flying Needle News

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

Medicine's study

Is a science. Medicine's Practice is an art.

Hello Friends of Flying Needle!

Happy Cold Dew!

- fifth autumnal solar node -

Hope this finds you well during these interesting times!

Seasonal Musings & Reflections

This month I thought we'd explore a more philosophical orientation. The Britannica Dictionary defines science as:

1 knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation.

It defines fact as:

1 something that truly exists or happens : something that has actual existence.

2 a true piece of information. If we continue with our inquiry from last month, “What if when you look inside yourself you see nature? The same nature you see in the river, the forest, and the mountain,” we can notice that our observations of the natural world can be continuous from the exterior world into, and through our interiority.

We can apply the observational study of nature to all arising phenomena and accept them as having contextual existence and truthfulness in their expression.

We could express this differently as: The story of my experience is a true story. In listening to this story with presence and attention, it is possible to come into authentic relational engagement. Through this engagement the possibility of creative collaboration in the service of harmony and coherence can arise.

I would offer that this creative collaboration is fundamental to the practice of good medicine.

This is one of the lines of reasoning behind considering the study of medicine a science, and the practice of medicine an art. It is by coming into relationship with what is that we can open a space for what might be. In this context, science becomes art.

On a practical level in day-to-day life, what we're talking about is making friends with all of experience. The more I can open to cultivating a loving and kind relationship to everything, everyone, and every sensation/feeling/thought, the more space I have to make choices that support deepening my friendship with all of experience. This simple, though not easy, exploration continues to nourish me in all aspects of my life. My hope is that it may also be nourishing to you!

May your Autumn days be filled with beauty, mystery, and friendship!

May you and your kin feel both rooted and free!

May all being and becoming receive nourishment!

Returning the mind

To the body. Returning

Body to Nature.

It is my sincere hope that you have found something of use in these words.

If you know folks who you feel would enjoy this newsletter, please forward it their way! Thank you!

Wishing you and all your relations wellbeing and good medicine!

With gratitude,


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