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Get real and the need for grounding, Mr. Bieber

We talk of someone who seems to be all over the place and who is unfocused as being ungrounded.  They perhaps possess a quality that we might describe as being manic.  One moment they are charming, bright and intelligent. The next moment they are angry and prone to venting.  This may also manifest as laughing and full of joy one moment and tears and sadness the next.   We may wonder where this change of personalty came from so suddenly.

Spring Cleaning the Body

We traditionally make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year. Then, by February or March, many of us have fallen by the wayside. The many ways that we had planned to improve ourselves, whatever that means for each of us, is but a faded memory.  Springtime is really the time for renewal and we can take this lesson from nature. After all, that is when we do most of our planting.  With the slight improvement in the weather, we have a better opportunity for new growth.

The Simplicity of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Observation, through sight, touch and interrogation, is the essence of TCM. It is an observation on how the body feels, reacts, and looks. TCM theory has been built up over thousands of years of simply observing the course of disease in the body. It observes the body as a micro planet with cold and heat; dryness and dampness playing a role in the human body’s health. If the body is a microcosm that needs to be balanced, the TCM practitioner is the weather person observing how the balance has been upset, and how one might be able to reset that balance.

New Year Resolutions and holding true to your intentions

From our Tai Chi and Chi Kung teacher, Geoff Busbridge, he offers the following interesting insight and advice for those of us making New Year resolutions:

“Are you planning to take on more in your life - working out, more exercise, better diet, more hobbies?  Or are you trying to give something else up, like smoking, unhealthy eating, television or mindlessly surfing the net?

Immune tonic - homemade

Immune tonic - homemade

Here is, as promised, the recipe for a general tonic for the immune system. Great for the long cold winter ahead. It is actually quite palatable. I was given this recipe down in Mexico where I teach shiatsu therapy. The gentle simmer takes the pungent flavour out of the mixture, so you can drink this on a daily basis and still keep all your friends!

Preferably use organic fruit and vegetables for this recipe:

Colds, Flu, and Dry Brushing

This morning I was preparing to remove leaves from the eaves-trough of my home.  I stepped outside with leaf bag in hand to the shock that the temperature were well below zero. Any excuse to procrastinate! I will leave this task until Sunday when there is forecast of a temporary increase to a balmy 10 degrees.  The reality is that winter is on the way and, along with it, increase in weather related illnesses.

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