Our destiny: birth, aging, illness and dying

Birth, aging, illness and dying

Birth, aging, illness and dying are what humans become destined to experience. All of these happen without my knowing.

I did not know I was going to be born. I do not feel I am aging at this moment. Often, looking myself at the mirror startles me since there is a strange face in it. The image of me in my mind is always the younger version of me.

I did not know I was getting sick. One day I notice there is a pain here and there. It is impossible to know when I am going to die. The day will come someday.

All of these happen at the very moment, as four seasons take place one after another every year. The living things on earth must experience the four things: birth, aging, illness and dying.

Cause and effect

I do not have any religion. According to Buddhism, everything always has cause and effect. If there is no cause, there is no effect. We are not born, and there is no dying. If we are born, there is cause for it.

We become accustomed to thinking of effect only. It never occurs that something I have done may be the cause.

Aging and illness

Once we have become born, we are destined to die someday. Among, birth, aging, illness and dying, birth and dying are beyond our control.

Fortunately, aging and illness leave us with some options. We can possibly delay aging with regular workout or medications.

I am crawling toward my sixty with some hesitation. One day, I happened to see my late father’s photos taken in celebration of his sixtieth birthday. The sixtieth birthday anniversary was one of the big events at that time. I became almost shocked and saddened to see his old face with life stricken creases and bony body. I who am about his age now look much younger.

There is much more we can do about illnesses. If we are sick, there is cause for it as well. If we walk three miles a day on a regular basis, we should be able to expect a different effect. Your health is not far away.

Regular workout

I enjoyed many different activities like Judo, rock climbing and hiking. My hiking shoes became worn out within six months. I stopped all of these activities about ten years. No wonder that my little back problem became chronic. Everything has cause and effect. It was sitting at the desk all day. I started hiking on a regular basis. Sometimes, I hike about thirty miles a week. I noticed that my condition returned to the one in my younger days.

Extra help with acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal medicine

My personal experience indicates that there are some things which workout alone cannot resolve. In the case, I add acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal medicine. This is a great non-surgical intervention.

By Kihyon

Acupuncture doctor in Beaverton Hillsdale, Oregon.
DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
MsAOM (Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
Kihyon Sohn Acupuncture
10700 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy Suite 357
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

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