Although the following article is geared specifically towards people who are learning Chinese medicine, I believe the principle applies to learners of any practice. Let me know in the comments if you disagree!
For today’s focus on the profession of Chinese medicine, I thought I would address a common problem I have struggled with in my study. When first coming into this profession, I knew practically nothing about it. I had some vague understanding of Yin and Yang, maybe some comprehension of the five elements, I knew that it involved both herbs and acupuncture – but that’s about all. After the start of my first year, I became a voracious consumer of all things Chinese medicine. One of my professors, Heiner Fruehauf, gave out a rather long recommended reading list and although it wasn’t mandated that we read every book – I immediately WANTED to do so. I have to admit that sometimes I wouldn’t finish a book before I began reading another, and every course would extend my already unwieldy reading list.