Live with the nature >Autumn

Now it is a good time to strengthen yourself. The summer time is over and the daily action should getting less. But in our modern time it is not as easy to follow the daoist wisdom. We have to follow the rhythm of the modern society for everything we got a timetable. Around our business or job we got only a little influence on our daily flow. The question is what we can do and how?, to follow the nature rhythm of the seasons.

First of all we have to understand the action of each season. By daoist philosophy the human body is the microcosmos and outside is the macrocosmos. We are always in exchange and the macrocosmos is like an energy resource for us if we following its nature. If we not following it means we using our potential and our Qi (vital energy) and get soon exhausted. The meaning of exhausted here is our immune system getting weak, we catch easily colds or other illnesses, we are not on our peak  performance what ever we do. Fighting the flow of the nature is one of the Qi stealer beside wrong diet. To follow the nature you must understand the nature first.

Herbststimmung_s

Now is autumn time and what is the action of it. If understand it its is easy to follow. First a list what you can see by yourself without any education.

Obvious:

  • crop
  • sap is retire (falling leaves)
  • getting colder and rainy
  • windy
  • shorter brightness

The action for you:

  • wearing correct clothes
  • earlier to bed (around 1h)
  • still standing up early
  • drinking from now on more warm drinks
  • go for a autumn walk

What you can´t see but what the sensitive ancient daoist master figure out by their meditation and energy work (Qi Gong).

Not obvious:

  • time of metal phase, structure/ hardness (Five phases cycle)
  • main time  of lung / large intestine (most energy)
  • Emotion> sorrow (autumn blues)

The action for you:

  • peaceful thoughts (against the hardness)
  • keep soul and mind together (breath/ lung stays calm)
  • don´t follow your desires to keep the lung pure
  • Qi Gong for Lung and Large Intestine

The one who do not follow the autumn laws will harm the lung system. He will get problems in digestion and will get diarrhea. He will not have enough power to keep the vital energy together in winter time.

Huang Di Naijing Suwen / Classics of the Yellow Emporer

 

External enemies…

In Chinese medicine is a saying:

If your internal defense (Qi/vital energy )is strong and flowing no external enemy can strike you.

It sounds quite martial but its only a kind of view. And the so called not educated people in ancient China could understand its terminology easily.

External enemies:

  • Cold
  • Heat
  • Wind
  • Dryness
  • Dampness

These nature aspects of course not by it self enemies only if they can enter into your body. Then they can create so called blockages or in other words health problems. To prevent this it is necessary to keep our guard strong so these enemies can not enter the body. Several ways exist to keep the guard (defense Qi) strong. Here are some examples  from the classical wisdom of ancient china.

  • Live with nature rhythm
  • Exercises: Qi Gong / Chi Kung / Taijiquan
  • Food: 5 Element diet
  • Emotions: Keep them calm and balanced

crane tusche_s

Crane is symbolizing long life and immortality in Chinese culture.

Each of the listed ones has its own benefit but all the together they are a quite strong army against the so called external enemies. Each individual of them are to strengthen our defense Qi i.e. the guard. All together they build a strong army. This is the secret of a healthy life but the knowledge by itself not very helpful better start to bring it into your daily action. If you don´t you are the owner of death knowledge….

Treating with food an old tradition in Chinese culture

About the importance of eating and cooking in Chinese culture you can read in „Huang Dii Nei Jing“, Yellow Emperor´s Inner Classic. There is a saying medicine and food share the same origin. Difference between food and medicine actually does not exist only the way when you gone take it makes its difference: „Taking when hungry it is food eating when suffering its medicine“ If you are able to have a good balanced food it is like  you treat diseases before it arises. This is the main message of Sun Simiao a famous daoist healer in Chinese culture. Master Sun create the „Yangshen“  nurturing live where the dietetics plays a main rule beside herbal medicine and bodily energy exercises (Qi Gong). Sun Simiao is also the founder of the famous  Qi Gong „Five animal play“ (Wu Qin Xi). Sun Simiao statement of medical intervention offers some general ideas and rules about the effects of vegetable, grains fruits and animals substances on the human body.

Perfect control of Tiger and Dragon (Yin/Yang) the great Sun Simiao is showing:

Sun Simiao

Sun Simiao advises on dietetic :

The reason for the presence of increased sickness in the body is always related to the excessive consumption of cold substances and by immoderate eating and drinking in the spring and summer. Furthermore, fish, minced fish, and malodorous and cold substances mostly harm a person. To stop taking them is of great benefit. Frequent consumption of milk, koumiss, and similar substances gives a person strength in the sinews, great courage, and a body glistening with health. But if eaten in excess, they can also cause upper abdominal distention and diarrhea and gradually cause damage.

If we can avoid harm, there is no need for toxic drugs or harsh interventions because disease will never break out in the first place. Of course you have to understand he meaning of five element food their action to come to reach the points like the advices are showing.

An other quote of the great Daoist Sun Simiao:

Cultivate disposition to preserve health

Still thoughts about Winter retreat…

Winter as we know is normally cold time. Means the body has to start the internal heater means it needs more energy (Qi) to do the job of warming well. In my clinic this is the time patients with cold, influenza or infection of throat or ears coming now most. After interview it becomes quite clear why these people are catching easily the counted diseases. Most of them where not following the nature rhythm. Like the added list (Winter mistakes) in my blog before they doing more then half of it. Explanation like: „I read in a health magazine it is good to take fresh vitamins daily via fresh fruits, fruit juice or salad in specially in winter to avoid sickness “ and I always smilingly answering: „And way you are here now if its right what the so called health or fitness magazine is saying?“ The few thousands year knowledge is proved from many critic but still existing and means it is tested from millions of humans. In the past they had no idea of vitamins or minerals but the sensitivity to be with the nature and follow the nature. The people of today are believing the magazines, newspaper and internet following the advices blind. They lost the ability to listen to actually need of their body. Qi Gong, meditation or yoga are good arts to get back to nature flow of sensitivity within our body. Of course you have to find high level teacher or master of the art for a good result. If you get more and more sensitive to your energy flow more and more your live will change even without any influence of external information. Listen and the answers will come by itself because of trained senses from your performed high level art. Trust yourself is becoming more and more a part of your live and you will less dependent of external information.

winter berge_s

eat tropical fruits > you will feel cold after

eat salad > you will feel cold after

cold drinks > you will feel cold after

Few examples who are showing easily body energy reaction. Winter outside cold and you take also inside cold means the body has to work twice as hard to warm you or to keep you healthy. Its like an army who battle against to enemies in two direction. This wrong action of the most people during the winter season is by observing and experience the main factor to get sick in the cold season.

Stay healthy and warm feed….

Winter retreat…

Yes, the winter is the time to retreat.This is living with the nature in daoist way. But not only in the daoist philosophy the western people had done the same. To cold outside on the fields nothing to do. Staying home and preparing the working tools for the coming spring when the field work will start again.

winter romantik_s

Time to have rest to talk and exchange more as usual with family members and reading books as well go earlier to bed. This is like it should be in winter time. Today the most people make no different between the seasons because no need they thinking. Working as much sleeping same hours like usual. They gonna miss a period of energy charging who is needed for body, energy (Qi) and mind. One reason for the spring tiredness. The human did not get the needed rest in winter. Drinking tea, reading book with a candle light many dreaming of it but the most do not bring in to action. I hope you are not one of these people and wish a recreative winter time. Stay relaxed and happy….

best autumn actions….

Still autumn and it is good to understand what is the best action according to the nature flow of energy. Just back from Moscow where I was conducting following workshop:“The ancient wisdom of Taoists about living with the nature“.The seasonal module autumn and winter“. The attendees where very pleased about the deep knowledge of the ancient taoists philosophy. Actually all their wisdom and knowledge is from observation and very important by own experience from their daily practice. The daoist practice has quite a wide range depending which daoist school the students were following. It can be Chi Kung/ Qi Gong and or different ways of meditation and diet. In comparison to scientists who starting with a postulate and later they try to confirm it by tests and formulas. Ok now let say the daoist master was getting very sensitive because of his practice. He was writing down his experienced knowledge and thousands of practitioner later where confirming it or adjusting it according to their. Thousands of years experiencing and adjusting of taoists masters was making a very deep profound insight.

four seasons

  • Autumn is related to metal
  • Metal quality is structure> action – reorganize
  • Taste > spicy > action eat more of it
  • Emotion > sorrow > action more laughing
  • Organ > Lung > action breathing exercises or Lung Qi Gong

If we look at that not complete list we can see about some of these experienced facts, actions and directions. Following the information of this list means eat more spicy food to strengthen the lung. More laughing as a counterpart of the emotion sorrow not to get the so called autumn depression. Do some breathing exercises in the nature and special Qi Gong for the lungs. According to the metal quality of structure you should reorganize and clean and release. What to reorganize ? Your desk for example or your computer; delay what you should have done already long time ago. Even for your wardrobe it is a good time to reorganize, donate your clothes you didn´t wear long time. To do all this in autumn time creates a good energy for you, means is good for your health and vitality only by following the nature.

Cold and flu time…hatschiieeee

The time of catching cold and flu is now present. In autumn and winter my clinic is full of these sickness or symptoms. Most people starting to late to change their clothes into warmer ones. Understandable because autumn can be very beautiful and sometime also warm during the day. So its not easy to make the right decision every morning before leaving the house. But to avoid the external evil like wind and cold you should be covered warm and when its getting warm you just take off some layers. If I´m looking out of my window at early morning I see the fog and dampness actually very beautiful after sunrise the fog and dampness slowly disappeared. Before leaving house look out of the window then you should choose your clothes.

herbstblatt cartoon_s

There two types of Cold and Flu in perception of Classical Chines Medicine according to the symptoms:

Wind heat type or wind cold type

Some rules to avoid catching cold these are general prevention:

  • take a warm drinks before leaving the house
  • wind covering clothes
  • take more ginger in drinks and food
  • warm footpath
  • take Chinese health mushrooms: Lingzhi or Yunzhi look at your asian drugstore

Some more information soon about the different types of Cold and flu and what to do when you catch it.

Autumn time …

The hot period is over and the nature is changing quite observable. Even when the german summer this year was more all the time autumn like, hahaha. But this temperature sense is the only measure point for the most of us. There is lot of changing all the time and very big changes are happen when the seasons are starting to change. Even when the human can´t see or feel it. Why it is ? There is a so called macrocosmos and microcosmos. When macrocosmos is changing the microcosmos will do it similar. There is something like a energetic connection between or correct said there is no separation. In autumn the days becoming shorter and the night longer. Means less sun, less warm the nature is getting ready for the winter pause. The last seasonal fruits getting picked up apples, pears, grapes, berries or vegetable like pumpkin or mushrooms and nuts are having their time. It is very good to eat always the seasonal food for your health and energy. These fruits or vegetables are full of the energy we need now for this particular season.

Herbstgaben_s

The autumn time is well known for its fast changing. The wind can create fast moves of clouds sun and rain can exchange very fast. Problem for us what to wear what to eat. So all the vegetable or fruits of this season are helping us with their specific type of energy. So leave out know the summer fruits from other countries or at least take them only a little if you can´t resist. If you can do it I´m sure you will have no or at least less health problem no or even for the coming winter.

More about that topic soon…

 

 

Elevated blood lipids or Cholesterol how to lower them….

There is a saying: „The human is as healthy like his blood vessels“. If you don´t watch out about your food intake for years your blood and vessels are not in best condition. A lot of people got elevated blood lipids. The Traditional Chinese Medicine is using the „Oyster Mushroom“ for balancing the high level cholesterol.  The oyster mushroom is  enhancing the blood circulation and is binding the blood lipids.

Oyster mushroom

Formular:

> 1kg oyster mushroom for around 20 days

cutting it in racer thin slices, store it on paper and turn them often for few days until their complete dry, from the 1kg maybe only 100 gram left by weight, grind it in a mortar, store it dark in glass jar,

> take everyday one teaspoon, add it into your food or with hot water

Wish a healthy live

Warum manche Diäten nicht wirken ….Teil 2, Why Diets sometimes not working

Also die Sichtweise  der chinesischen „Fünf Elementen“ Anwendung mit dem Magenfeuer sollte uns klar machen das für eine gute Verstoffwechselung, es von Nöten ist, dieses Feuer zu unterstützen. Wie ? Ganz klar indem wir ihm das beste Brennholz geben und nichts was ihm die Arbeit erschwert, heißt > nicht kleiner werden lässt. Nur wenn der Magen gut Funktioniert kann die Energie (Gu-Qi) optimal aus der Nahrung gelöst und dem Körper zugeführt werden. 

Ich fange mal damit an Lebensmittel in (Magenschwächer) „Feuerschwächer“ und (Magenstärker)“Ölinsfeuer“ zu erläutern. Ölinsfeuer bedeutet die so genannte Mitte zu stärken und somit dem Magen/ Milz (die Mitte) zu helfen ihren Job optimal auszuführen.

 

Magenfeuer

 

Mitte (Magen/Milz) Booster Regeln / Ölinsfeuer- Regeln:

Regel Nummer 1: hauptsächlich schon gekochte / gedünstete  und warme Nahrung zu sich nehmen

Regel Nummer 2: nur drei Mahlzeiten am besten zur gleichen Zeit, keine so genannten Zwischenmahlzeiten

Regel Nummer 3: nehme dir genügend Zeit für deine Mahlzeiten

Na gut  der Anfang ist schon mal gemacht, kann ich nur hoffen das dies einem nicht auf den Magen schlägt……

Regel Nummer  ?:  ist beim nächtsen mal drann