With this journey I am fulfilling my long lasting dreams of a world travel and to give back to this world (I’ve been thinking about it since high school at least).
I for myself took advantage of a good education at the Medizinische Universität Innsbruck and further trainings in psychiatry and at a public general hospital in Tirol. I was also living in a few different countries like Germany, Bulgaria and the USA to receive further medical training and to get in touch with different cultures and mentalities of the people there.
Now after finishing my studies in western allopathic medicine and becoming a general practitioner so far I also want to help people in other countries and to share the opportunities I got with the sick and needy people there. I had the opportunity to travel around Tibet too recently and to deepen my knowledge and skills in Traditional Tibetan Medicine – Sowa Rigpa – which will be my second specialisation in the field of healing sciences. One very big advantage of Sowa Rigpa is that you do not need any high-tech machines and gadgets to do profound diagnostics or therapies, which makes it an ideal medical system for more remote or poorly equiped health posts.
I was always very eager to find out more about our human brain and its possibilities and functions and therefore neurology and many different philosophical streams were my subjects of interest for a long time. Since I got my first contact with Hatha Yoga, Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha mind set and later with the philosophy of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga as well as with Traditional Chinese Medicine I discovered that there was way more to our human psyche and body than pure molecular based hormone and transmitter regulated synaptic activity.
After travelling to central Tibet for the first time in 2014 I got increasingly involved as a student of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Buddhist philosophy who gave me surprisingly accurate answers to a lot of questions about the root causes of many different bodily and mental diseases as well as the human nature itself, ultimately changing my basic mind set from an agnostic materialism to a “Mind over Matter” point of view.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ― Mark Twain
Thus with this journey I am now in a process of finding possible points of contact where western and eastern medicine can cross-fertilize and possibly lead to a new kind of integrative holistic medicine which Issa and I can provide for the benefit of all beeings.
Now after all that dry stuff let’s talk about some fun: I would be very glad if I could combine these goals with my passion for mountains. We already have plans for some long hikes in the Himalayas and Andean Mountains and let’s see what comes along the way.
I basically grew up with scuba diving too and now I think it is time to dive up, jump through the popply surface and long for some new open water sports – ähm, sorry, lifestyles I mean (according to Issa). I want to learn some kind of surfing, but let’s see if it’s going to be with a kite, a sale, just a board, or in the worst case continuing surfing only with mouse and keyboard 🙂 …
To meet and to talk to new people is always like opening a new book and entering a different world. I am curious about all the unknown people we will meet along our journey, the ones that have crossed our ways until now have already shown us how beautiful such encounters can be! 🙂