The Best of Intentions.
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The Best of Intentions.

Times such as New Year each year inspire us so often to have the best of intentions.  Losing weight, exercising more, taking time out, quitting a habit we don't like are common intentions we develop and sometimes call New Year's Resolutions.

For some this is almost a cynical process as intentions as re set, forgotten and revived year after year.  Of course this may be "that" year where your intentions blossom into action and ultimately to results.  How do we improve our chances?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has interesting input in this area and might explain why some people are "good" intention and goal achievers and some of us have room to improve.  

According to TCM achieving and maintaining our will (and willpower) is a function of the Kidney energy.  Kidney energy is influenced greatly by genetics (it's probably more accurate to say the Kidney energy includes the influences of genetics and more) so varies greatly from individual to individual at birth. 

So, beyond planning better for our next incarnation (if you believe in such things) what can we do to enhance our Kidney energy, improve our will and deliver on our New Years resolutions?

The Kidney energy is enhance and protected through:


  • Balancing activity with rest (adequate sleep, down time away from work, managing screen time).
  • Regenerative exercises such as qi gong, restorative yoga.
  • Meditation - formal meditation, gentle gardening, surfing and crafts
  • Modalities such as acupuncture can be very useful to directly support the Kidney energy.

Food wise the Kidney Energy is encouraged by nourishing foods - soups, sources of iron such as kidney (organic ideally), legumes (well cooked) and ensuring adequate intake of essential minerals and vitamins (eating a variety of foods - especially of different colours).


Of course setting realistic and achievable goals (resolutions) is also key to the process - I'm not going to cover that here - Facebook seems to be swamped with that at the moment!

 



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