Beyond epilepsy: A journey through the anguish, grief, joy, triumph and perspective of raising my chronically ill, disabled son.
Do we have to use a manual mower?
no, but i highly recommend it. : )
I consider myself a Buddhist and one of my mentors, a Zen priestess, introduced to me a perspective on illness from the Buddha that allowed me to more peacefully view my seizures. After I visibly had a seizure while I was meditating, this priestess came over to me and told me, "You know what the Buddha said when he was sick? Sunlight Buddha, Moonlight Buddha." It took me a minute to digest this koan, but I think that he meant that when we are sick--when we are seizing--and when we are well, we are the same beautiful people. I realized after that sitting that I spent a lot of time and energy fighting my seizures, but they were a part of who I was for 18 years. Once I more fully integrated seizures into my life, I was a much happier person. Some scholars have asserted that the Buddha had temporal lobe epilepsy. Regardless of whether he did, his perspective definitely changed my thinking about my disease.~Julianna