One of my favorite Professors in my Chinese medical school, Dr. Lyndsey Tunnell, was an innovative thinker. He taught me that Chinese medicine addresses everyday habits and how to maintain balance through these.
You can focus on your eating, sleeping, drinking, exercise, and stress reduction habits and make adjustments to these various systems to allow for a return to balance in the spirit, mind, body system resulting in health.
From a Chinese medicine point of view you would be treating yin and yang and shen, Qi and Xue and bring these as well as the organ systems into balance allowing for each to flow easily and without stagnation during their proper times, allowing for balance within the system.
Using information from Chinese medicine, Buddhist philosophy, and Judeo-Christian spirituality I have identified a strategy for health.
Eight Habits to Change your Life and return to balance
First, Meditation, Prayer, Focused Breathing, daily or twice daily, to redirect and refocus your energy.
– Connecting spirit, mind and body; Calming Shen and building Qi
Second, eat the rainbow, look for the colors of the rainbow on your plate every day to increase your access to anti-oxidant strength; and eat foods that are primarily prepared by you or someone you love.
– Body, Mind, and Spirit; building Qi and Xue
Third, drink 3-4 liters of water each day. Most people are chronically dehydrated and use beverages that further dehydrate them throughout the day. Water is the best cleanser and most health promoting agent. It flushes out toxins from the cellular to larger physical level. Some common indications of dehydration include migraine headaches, dizziness; Dry mouth, skin and joints resulting in painful joints.
– Body, mind, and spirit; balancing yin and yang
Fourth, Exercise 5 – 7 hours a week. In March 2010 a new Harvard, 13 year study was released that showed that woman need an hour a day of exercise to maintain their healthy body-mass-index weight. This is especially true for women over 50. For anyone who has been following the old guidelines 20 minutes 3-4 times a week or even daily, and getting few results, this is no surprise.
– Body, mind, and spirit; balancing qi, xue, yin and yang
Fifth, sleep 7-8 hours each night and get to sleep by 11pm. Children need 10 hours. Sleep deprivation increases stress on your body and interferes with clear, quick, thinking; many people become irritable and have less capacity to deal with stress when sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation is one of the major reasons for lack of productivity in the workforce.
– Body mind and spirit; allows for yin, Qi and xue to rebalance
Sixth, address anger and frustration early to extinguish them from your daily routine. This is a major focus of many of the earlier blogs. Mindfulness and paradigm shifting are difficult to do when in an angry defensive communication and angry , frustrated or fearful, internal sensing position. Release of these stagnating patterns via mindfulness and present moment interaction is paramount for health.
– Mind spirit, and body; smooths Qi, moves stagnant Qi and xue, balances yin and yang
Seventh, Focus on how to flow positively in your life to reduce stress and create success. Focus on what you want rather than what you fear. Remove obstacles in your thinking and relationships so that you are living congruently with your values and belief systems.
– Mind, spirit, and body; balances shen, Qi, Yin and yang
Eighth, apply mindful, present moment energy to your relationships and negotiations. Figure/ground perception and response–ability in the world is most beneficial, and presents opportunity for connection and growth. This is a great place to practice Compassion and understanding.
– Spirit and mind, and body; balances shen, Qi, and xue
So there’s a Sneak peak into my new book about Instinctive Health Medicine to integrate Spirit, Mind, and Body and return to balance.
Look and feel more alive and more youthful in just 8 weeks.
Add a new habit each week, in the order presented, and you will find yourself happier, more vital and less stressed at the end of 8 weeks.
Start today and watch what happens.
See you tomorrow.