Richard G. Petty, MD

Caring For Your Body


“Many people treat their bodies as if they were something rented from Hertz: something they are using to get around in but nothing they genuinely care about understanding.”

–Chungliang Al Huang (Chinese T’ai Chi Ch’uan Expert, Calligrapher, Author and Founder of the Living Tao Foundation, 1937-)

You Are Divine

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“Man is divine. But he is not aware of his own divinity. He mistakenly thinks he is this little body. but he is not this body. Man is something infinite, immutable, eternal.”   

–Sathya Sai Baba (Indian Spiritual Teacher, c.1926-2011)   

You Are What You Think and Do


It’s not too original to say that your thoughts and actions have dramatic effects on your life, but medicine had largely forgotten about the link until the 1950s. I was looking to create a pithy sentence to summarize the interaction. But I could dono better than this one, from almost two thousand years ago.

“This body, full of faults, has yet one great quality: Whatever it encounters in this temporal life depends upon one’s actions.”       

–Siddha Nagarjuna (Indian Philosopher and Founder of the Mahayana School of Buddhism, c.A.D.150-c.A.D.250)

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