Minutes go by the clock
Aware of their sonorous passage
My skin wrinkles as the joints conduct the cracking message
My body and viscera are in the hands of God
Worn out from the daily work of transformation
Yet the mind ages in contemplation
Thoughts, like the sun’s rays
The messengers of decays
Penetrate the epidermis
Like cancerous thoughts
Into the brain — thought, thought
It ought to be good or bad, that thought
Charged with energy that fills my cells
This nectar enlivens or poisons these wells
What if this space is all mine
An opportunity, emptiness to be filled,
Positive or negative
I wind the natural clock
I own time
Natural Clock is a poem on aging, pain and the power of the mindset.
I mused on time already, so read more if you are intrigued.
I was inspired by reading The Divided Mind by Dr. John E Sarno on body-mind relationship [full review comings soon]. With his medical colleagues they healed, over many decades, patients with chronic pain, GIT inflammation and autoimmune diseases with scientifically unproven, unexplained cause. Their approach was formed through experience with their patients, not through the scientific methods of testing objectively. The later in the case of belief and self-reported emotions are difficult to measure, simply for their subjective nature. Even neuroscience cannot grasp the full scale of the mechanisms involved in such self-healing.
A chronic tension in my neck and shoulders brought me to an experienced myofascial release therapist. Each time before he set his healing hands on me, we discussed health, pain, psychology and happiness. Upon each treatment I released all my tension, while guiding my breath freely through the body and meditating. No need for massage, muscle-relaxants or pain medication.
How to wind up our Natural Clock
Most pills are accompanied by numerous side effects, some potentially more harmful than the problem we used the medicine for. Patience pays off, and indeed for long-lasting results on human health it cannot be more true. Attitude and awareness count in. Knowing what to do in the moment and that the positive mindset has a considerable power over our health sets us for action.
I was curious if others could switch their attitudes and modes of healing from the quick fix to such accessible alternative solutions. Focused purely on the symptoms, most pills are not the cure, but a temporary relief. Time chimes differently for each of us, and the problem can resurface at any time.
I know from studying pharmacology, that the scientific placebo effect can be as potent as the medicine. Belief is a powerful tool that the human mind was blessed with. We better use it to our benefit. Many psychologists were puzzled by this phenomena.
Tick-tock, tic-tac, tic-toc, … experience ticking
I am not a voracious self-help, magic promises, bestselling (mostly American) books consumer, yet when a personal experience agrees with what a growing number of very experienced health practitioners empirically observe, my curiosity was teased to investigate.
A documentary on Netflix, titled Heal, further opened this theme for me. The timing for watching this open-minded, case-driven, alternative approaches supporting production was ripe. About in the middle of the streaming, someone I know wrote me out of the blue about her husband’s diagnosis with cancer. In such situation one needs more than hope. Belief in recovery is at least as essential next to all the necessary and tested medical therapy. I hope that this poem inspires not only life or death situations, but your everyday mindset.
I wonder, still, instead of the mechanical clock, why do not we count time more naturally like by the sound of sea waves? After all, for most of history, we counted time through the light of the sun. The sun-dial was visually more aligned with the astrological origin of our time awareness. Don’t you think? I feel that even the predecessor of the winding clock, the bell allowed for more free space and thus our perception of time between the hours than the minutes and seconds announcing clock, watch and now the digital devices like mobile phones. Perhaps, that is why we are so rushed, fast-paced and can hardly rest today.