Suwen chapter 39 «When there is anger, the qi rises up. When there is elation, the qi becomes loose. When there is sadness, the qi disappears. When there is fear, the qi descends. When there is cold, the qi is gathered. When there is heat, the qi flows outwards. When there is startling with fright, the qi is in disorder. When there is fatigue, the qi is damaged. When there is obsessive thought, (it) is knotted.»
This is an important passage from the Huang Di Nei Jing, one of the foundational classical Chinese medicine texts which date back 2000 years. There is such inherent wisdom all through this text. I love how it also plainly tells us how our emotions affect the flow of qi (vital energy) in our bodies and how emotions may disturb the harmonious flow of energy thereby causing various illnesses. In Chinese medicine, we see disease as being caused by external or internal pathogens. Emotions, if too little or too much, are considered “internal” pathogens. I think this is very important information and needs to be given generous consideration if we want to be healthy and well in our own bodies and if we want to have a healthy society. Unfortunately, life seems to keep speeding up and the demands placed on us seem to be increasing rather than decreasing as technology changes at such a rapid pace. Life is not getting easier and it’s too easy to be swept away into the chaos and disregularity of modern-day living.
How then can we maintain our emotional health? I think we need to find a way to stay connected to nature; both our own and that of the natural world.
Here are some simple things we all can do to help stay centered and connected;
Practice Yoga or regular stretching, practice mindfulness, meditate, be sure to get regular and ample sleep, regular meals from “real food”, taking time to disconnect from our phones and computers, walks in nature, stargazing, paying attention to our breath, letting go of busy, learn how to say no.