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….
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.
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.