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.
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.
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.
Good, now we know the Traditional Chinese Medicine had its the main influence from deep knowledge thousands of years of observation and the deep spirituell experience of daoist practitioner.
Autumn time is the lung time. The lung is the organ who disperse the Qi within the body and is nourishing the skin . To strengthen the lung you should especial take car of it in autumn time. Autumn is like I said before is the time where you can help the lung for increase its power because by nature the lung is ready to gathering it better in that time. To help the lung in its work you can take care more by yourself in you skin. If do it the lung can have rest and store its energy. Sauna is for example good now to do and using creams after it and after shower is announced know.. More laughing as counterpart of the so called autumn melancholy. Many people suffering about the autumn melancholy because they are aware know of caducity. The summer is gone, the leaves falling down, the colors changing all this changing is the reason that quite many people mood is changing into a kind of melancholy or even depression. Lot of people catching now a flu or cold. The reason of it wrong diet still taken the summer food like salad, fruit juice, fruits from hot countries. With this kind of diet you open the doors and welcome the cold and the wind. Cold and wind are the factors for many diseases.
One golden rule for health : Take in the opposite of the present weather
Simple rule but don´t take it to serious but the tendency should be in toward to this golden rule. Beside all this don´t forget the fun like so many health freaks are doing. These kind of people looking sick even they are absolutely doing everything right from the diet aspect. Bon appetite
After we understand to eat seasonal food and regional food to do something good for your health and vitality I should go deeper in giving you information about enhance your live with the daoist wisdom. Many or most of the knowledge in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) were coming from the daoist ancestors who lived with their practical wisdom a long live span by comparison with ordinary people in that time. Observing the nature again and again, years after years, and from generation to generation it became a very solid practical theory. In a time when an ordinary person lived 35-45 years in average many daoist were reaching a age between 80 – 100 years and also over 100 years.
Following analogy for autumn:
Zang- Organ: lung
Fu- Organ: large intestine
If we take a look at the analogy we can see the lung got its power time. Means it is good if you have some lung problems or diseases to help the lung to strengthen or to recover. In my clinic the time is coming to do some special treatments for people with allergy, asthma or similar diseases. To strengthen the lung when the lung energy is the best means in autumn.
For people who like to avoid to catch cold or flu is autumn the best time to take care of the lung system. With correct diet.