Posted 4/30/2014 6:14 pm @ Taipei, Taiwan – Great little story to teach three important things. This story has a special meaning to me. My dear mom passed away earlier this month on April 10th, 2014. I wish I had come across this little gem earlier. I think it could’ve help my mom. She never learned to really relax she was always tense… she was a very caring and giving person however she always felt she didn’t deserve her disease (lung cancer). She had a very hard time letting go of ideas and life itself; she had a huge fear of death. This little story/article is very short and elegant I feel it might have helped her. Sadly for me it is too late now.
英語翻譯: Frank M. Lin http://facebook.com/ghettoracer
Original source in Chinese: author unknown
English translation by Frank M. Lin http://facebook.com/ghettoracer
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A very rich man is diagnosed with terminal illness and he felt he would soon die from it. His heart sank and he felt very sad. Later, he went to consult a reclusive traditional Chinese medicine practitioner with reputation for curing all kinds of sickness.
The doctors said after his pulse diagnosis – This disease has only one method to cure it, otherwise it’s helpless. I will write you 3 prescriptions and you shall follow the directions according. After you finish the first prescription, you follow with second, and then the third.
※ (一) 富翁回到家，打開第一帖，上面寫著：「請你到一處沙灘，躺下30分鐘，連續21天。」
The rich man goes home and opens the first prescription. The note said: “Please go to a sandy beach, lie down for 30 minutes. Please do it everyday for 21 consecutive days”.
The rich man was doubtful but he still followed the direction. He ended up lying down for 2 hours each time. Normally he has a busy schedule in life so he has never been so relaxed… listening to the sounds of the wind,the ocean, and the sea gulls.
※ (二) 第22天，他打開第二帖，上面寫著：「請在沙灘上找5只魚或蝦或貝，將牠們丟回海裡，連續21天。」
In day 22, he opens up the second prescription. The note said “Please walk around the beach and find five fish, shrimp, or clams. Return them to the sea. Continue this act for 21 days”.
Once again the rich man had doubts, but he follows the direction by the doctor. Every time he returns the little creature to sea, he felt inexplicably moved by the simple act.
※ (三) 第43天，他打開第三帖.上面寫著：「請隨便找一根樹枝.在沙灘上寫下所有不滿和怨恨的事。」
Day 43, he opens up the 3rd prescription. The note said “Please feel free to find a twig or tree branch and use it to write down all the things you find discontent and resentment on the beach”.
After he wrote them all down, the high tide waves easily washed away those words. He suddenly felt epiphany and was moved to cry and release a lot of emotions. After returning home, he felt the whole body very relaxed, and at quite at ease. He no longer feared death.
If you can not have these three realizations you will not be truly happy in life and when you are not happy, the body will suffer. The mind is extremely strong and it overrides the body. To have a healthy body, first you must have the correct mind. It is impossible to have a healthy body with out a healthy mind.
1. being able to really rest and relax. 2. giving with out expecting returns. 3. letting go.