Happy September to all of you!!!
We are back in the office, and grateful to be supporting you and your families as we prepare for the transition to Autumn. According to Chinese medicine theory, this season represents the element of Metal, and is the time when the Lung and Large Intestine systems of the body are highlighted. In contrast to the Fire element of Summer, where the Yang energetic was strong, the Metal component signifies the ascendance of Yin, with a focus on inward movement, contraction, introversion and quieting. This is a good time to consider eliminating that which no longer serves you, be it things, habits or belief systems that have become outdated or ineffective. continue reading
“The way of the Creative works through change and transformation,
so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny
and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony.
This is what furthers and what perseveres.”
~~ I Ching
Greetings my precious people!!
We are at the midway point of August, and Nature is beginning her transition from Fire element (ruled by the Heart) to Earth element (ruled by the Spleen/Stomach), entering into the time called “Late Summer.” The long, endless days of summer are winding down and we find ourselves settling into the season of the Earth element – the season of harvest. It’s time to take stock in the celebration and abundance of summer and let that nourish our body and mind.
The relationship between the body and the mind has always been one of unity, connection and interdependence within the system of Chinese medicine. Disharmony or “dis-ease” presents itself with a symptom/sign – perhaps an ache, a fever, fatigue, heart palpitations, changes in appetite, and more. These signs are assessed by the doctor, suggestions for remedies are made to alleviate discomfort, and the underlying reason for the “dis-ease” is also addressed. Symptoms – the outward conversation between the inner and outer body – are seen as messengers, helping to guide us to redirect our attention and follow the clues so that harmony can be restored in the body.
One of the oldest and most famous of all qigong sequences is ‘Ba Duan Jin’, or ‘Eight Pieces of Brocade’, also known as ‘Eight Treasures’. This practice can be traced back to the Song dynasty, which lasted in China from 960-1279CE. During this period, China was noted as the most advanced civilization on earth and responsible for the invention of the mass printing of books, gunpowder, and the compass. General Yue Fei (a Song era military general, poet, and calligrapher) is often noted as the originator of the set of exercises that became Eight Pieces of Brocade as a way to keep his soldiers healthy and ready for battle.
Boosting immunity has become the buzzword of the last two years of the pandemic as everyone has examined ways to keep their immune systems strong to repel Covid-19. And most people understand that our immune systems are like the guards of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs. A strong immune system will repel the worst of bacterial invaders so infection can be avoided at all costs. continue reading