Tune in to Chi

Re­bal­ance your en­ergy with the tra­di­tional Chi­nese body clock to re­plen­ish and re­vi­talise this au­tumn

Spirit and Destiny - - Editor’s Letter -

Re­bal­ance your en­ergy ready for win­ter with the tra­di­tional

Chi­nese body clock

You can’t see or feel it, but coursing through your body is an in­visible en­ergy that can have a star­tling ef­fect on your well­be­ing. In tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine (TCM) this life force is known as chi and flows through our bod­ies, mov­ing through each of our ma­jor en­ergy points, or merid­i­ans, in two-hourly in­ter­vals over a 24-hour pe­riod.

Prac­ti­tion­ers of TCM believe a smooth and steady flow of chi results in health and hap­pi­ness, but if the flow is too fast, slow or blocked, ill-health can fol­low.

‘If your chi en­ergy is tem­porar­ily dis­rupted be­cause of a life or health chal­lenge, it will nor­mally re­bal­ance it­self,’ ex­plains David James Lees, a tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine prac­ti­tioner (wuwei­wis­dom.com). ‘Prob­lems arise, how­ever, when an un­healthy lifestyle, bad habits or neg­a­tive pat­terns of think­ing, such as crit­i­cal self-talk, cause your flow of chi to be­come dis­rupted, stag­nated or blocked.’

Ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese medicine our or­gans are be­lieved to have emo­tional at­tributes as well as phys­i­cal func­tions – for ex­am­ple when chi is run­ning prop­erly your liver gen­er­ates hap­pi­ness, your heart love and kid­neys power. But, when your chi is out of kil­ter it can cause a range of emo­tional prob­lems, from in­som­nia and stress to anxiety and de­pres­sion.

How­ever, you can learn to chan­nel this pow­er­ful life force as it flows through your body and use it to boost your well­be­ing.

‘For ev­ery or­gan in the hu­man body, there is a spe­cific pe­riod of time when its chi flow is at its strong­est. So to har­ness op­ti­mum well­be­ing you should cre­ate a self-care regime that at­tunes to each or­gan through­out the day,’ says David.

Read on to dis­cover how you can build your day around this en­ergy clock, to stay in tune with your body, draw­ing on the pos­i­tive power of the chi coursing through you to gain en­ergy, boost your health and en­hance your life pur­pose.


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