Because we don´t living with the nature we lost the rhythm of it. In all area we got for example the same or similar temperature regulated by heater or air con. This makes us feel of comfortable but also we are losing the sensitivity for the real energetic nature action. We wearing wrong clothes eating wrong food or drinks. Of course we are realizing the early sunset in Winter but the lights everywhere let us easily forget about it. The few hours of sunlight is showing us actually the action time during winter. You see its quite short. But we have to follow of course working hours rhythm in a tact of society.
Thats why we have to take care more about us in the not working hours. In Winter at least 1h or better 2h earlier to bed. This is for recharging the battery, whats our Kidneys. Winter time Kidney time very important to understand. Anyway each night the Qi (vital -energy) get stored in the Kidney for a later use. In Wintertime the storing is special powerful like I said already its the time of water-element means Kidney / Bladder. Like in hole nature the stored Qi is waiting for the next start ready for the autumn when the active action is starting again.
Avoid following winter mistakes:
- less sleep
- eating tropical fruits
- drinking green tea
- working overtime
- cold feeds
- not to go for a walk
- cold drinks
- to much action
- night clubbing
Cheers with hot wine punch….for a good storage
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.
Health is by definition of daoist concepts the harmony of Yin and Yang. Yin is related to the Xue (blood) and Yang to Qi (vital energy). Importance is the understanding and the practice of Yin Yang harmony by adjustment to the so called macrocosmos. The day cycle and and cycle of the year. We cannot harmonize Yin Yang internally by going or live the opposite of the nature. It is strengthen us to follow the nature rhythm and if we are following the way of nature we gonna have prevention of illness. Prevention is a big part of Chinese medicine who got his main influence from daoist wisdom and their thousands of years of experience.
Following advices for prevention of illness is given by the daoist philosophy:
- strengthen the constitution (Jing)
- adjustment to the seasons by clothes and diet
- adherence of day and night rhythm
- modest handling with your energy balance
- modest sexual activity
- emotional balance
- take care of the kidneys as a storage for your Qi
- right diet meant by your personal type and seasonal
- regular meals, not to opulent, easy to digest and thermic balanced.
If we want look deeper at the energy aspect of autumn we just have to observe how the nature is doing at that season. The three month of autumn also called time of collection and adjustment. The Qi of heaven is pressure and the Qi of earth is gorgeous. Autumn is the time of crop.
The Chinese character of autumn shows: growing grain and fire
The meaning is under the summer heat the grains are mature and after crop the Chinese were burning the left stubble field.
Following advices are written in Su Wen a part of Huang Di Neijing the „Yellow emperor´s classics of medicine“:
- Go early sleep and stand up early, you should follow the cock action
- Gather the mind and calm down the Qi to balance the bear of autumn
- leave your will in peace and in calmness
This is the right action you should take in accord to autumn for storing and collecting your Qi.
More collection of autumn wisdom is coming soon…