SYNCHRONISING WITH YOUR CHI BODY CLOCK
Follow the natural rhythm of chi as it works its way around your body…
5-7AM: LARGE INTESTINE
If your digestive system is functioning well, you'll feel happy. This is the best time to go to the loo! By ‘letting go’ physically you’re also freeing yourself from stagnant emotions. ‘An early morning cleanse will clear your mind. Couple this with mindful meditation to release negative thinking that could be blocking your energy and create space for fresh chi to enter,’ says David.
Filling up with a healthy breakfast at this time, such as porridge with fruit, can help maximise stomach chi. ‘Nurture yourself with a wellbalanced breakfast and allow the stomach to work its magic while its energy is strongest,’ says David. Also, try to be fully present when you eat. Connect with your food and its link to the earth to help you appreciate its healing power, nourishing mind and body.
Chi flows through your spleen, allowing you to achieve mental clarity and concentration. ‘This is a wonderful time to answer emails, do your financial budgeting, tackle a challenging project and get on with life admin,’ explains David.
The heart is linked to happiness and energy, so harnessing the chi as it flows through this organ can allow you to have a brighter outlook on life. ‘Have some lunchtime fun with friends, or do something joyful and fulfilling that connects to your passion and purpose,’ suggest David.
1-3PM SMALL INTESTINE
‘This organ is all about filtering so it’s time to make any important decisions you've been putting off,’ advises
David. Try to strengthen your aura and you might find it easier to start tackling life’s difficulties. Imagine a golden layer of energy surrounding your body that only lets positive things come to, and radiate from, you.
The bladder is associated with limiting beliefs, so working on releasing negative thoughts that are holding you back can help release any chi blockages. ‘Visualise a healing flow of water washing unwanted thoughts away,’ says David.
The kidney is about inner-wisdom, strength and grounding. As we reach the evening it’s time to pause, recharge and reconnect with who you really are. David suggests incorporating more exposure to nature into your life during this time. ‘If you can, get outside and stand quietly, relax in your garden or take a walk in the park after work to help feel earthed and grounded.’
This organ, which protects the heart as it pumps blood, supports your love for yourself and others, yet blockages can result in an inability to care. 'This is the perfect time to tell those close to you that you love them, get intimate with your partner, or nurture and pamper yourself to improve the flow of chi,’ says David.
9-11PM TRIPLE BURNER
The triple burner (also known as San Jiao), is a term used in TCM which refers to the distribution of chi and water through the body. ‘It's all about establishing a connection with others and the
wider universe. Meet with friends or spend time at home connecting with the sounds of the night around you,’ advises David. Use the power of essential oils to boost peace and happiness - try sweet orange oil to induce positivity.
11PM-1AM GALL BLADDER
Time to switch off and allow the body to repair. ‘The gall bladder is associated with resentment, so to counterbalance this, write a gratitude list before you go to bed to focus on positivity,’ recommends David. Taking the homeopathic Australian bush flower essence dagger hakea (£11.49, baldwins.co.uk) can strengthen your body’s ability to deal with unresolved bitterness, whilst restoring balance to your body and soul.
The liver is associated with mental strategising, anger and frustration. ‘So if you wake in the night, your mind in turmoil, know this is not the right time for dealing with your thoughts. Calm your brain with a mindful breathing exercise,’ advises David, ‘and tell yourself you'll deal with any issues in the morning.’ Also, repeating affirmations such as ‘I am relaxed and stress-free,’ can help release pent-up tension from your mind.
Lung energy is associated with sadness and grief, therefore when lung chi is weak, you’re at far greater risk of suffering from low mood. Waking earlier is one of the ways to harmonise your chi cycle, so many believe you should start your day at 5am! If you do find yourself up at this time, try a morning relaxation session to strengthen the lungs. ‘A good way to do this is with some lung expanding deep breathing exercises, or yoga,’ recommends David.
‘Waking up early is one of the ways to harmonise your