Audacious Health Readings..
In an acupuncture clinic we often spend time with people who are experiencing new beginnings.
Whether a new beginnings is
- Something we chosefor example a new diet plan to lose weight, a fitness plan to gain function or
- Something we didn't choose for example the loss of a loved one, an injury or illness.
there is an art to navigating new beginnings. We have gathered some tried and tested techniques to support new beginnings..
- Allow Time- Change happens at it's own rate.
You don't have to meditate to get the benefits of mediation. Movement and mindful practices will similarly give you these benefits, ie activities / practices such as surfing, gardening, watching sunsets or knitting....
What is your thing? If it gives you a sense of calm and peace it is a meditative practice that is good for you and done regularly will contribute to good health and mental wellbeing.
Below we've shared a couple activities we've found that are calming, stress reducers and spark joy in us:-
In Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners long ago observed the relationship between the seasons and the conditions they would see in clients. This observation evolved into a system of advice for the seasons to support the specific needs associated with that season.
Autumn in Traditional Chinese Medicine is related to the energy of the Lungs and Large Intestine.
How do you know if there is something going on with your Lungs and Large Intestine energy?
- The lungs and the large intestine are a major pathway of elimination and related to a healthy immune system.
We often hear discussion of chronic pain, chronic illness or chronic fatigue in the media. What about chronic happiness?
Can happiness become automatic? In the past I've heard that any practice maintained for 21 days becomes a habit - good or bad.
So if we move our focus to happiness for 21 days can happiness become chronic. The research seems to indicate so.
So how do we do 21 days of happiness. Here's some ideas:
- Look after the basics - eat foods that support you, be adequately hydrated, address any physical issues such as pain, tension.
Life does seem to send us people, circumstances and health challenges.
Of course what is a challenge is a matter of opinion and past experience. I might find a roller coaster challenging whilst Catherine finds it exciting..
What does Chinese Medicine tell us about challenges? Not as much as it tells us about how we respond to challenges. Of course the word "Challenge" is really the word "Change" with a couple of spare "l" s and an extra "e" for good measure.
to Autumn!! Autumn, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is ruled by the “metal”
element, characterised by contraction and transformation on physical,
emotional, and spiritual levels.
Autumn brings with it a desire to know who we are and to find value and meaning
in what we do. The emotions associated with the metal element are grief,
sadness, reflection and “letting go” like the trees letting go of their leaves.
associated health problems in the lungs (e.g. allergies and asthma), and with
the large intestines as well as skin disorders (e.