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.
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.
- sap is retire (falling leaves)
- getting colder and rainy
- 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).
- 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
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.
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 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….
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 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
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.
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….
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.
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….