When practicing we sometimes notice that something does not feel right in our body, or the way we’d like it to. Perhaps its a pain, ache, or discomfort that is signalling to us rather strongly. Consider that this may be a form of communication, and our body is trying to tell us that something might need a little change. Getting a little scared of these inconsistencies is common, and attempts to make a quick fixes or alterations seems like the best course of action at the time.
When was the last time you thought about the way in which you made choices in your life? What instructs you to choose one course of action over another? Chinese people have known for a long time that we have an internal compass, our heart, which guides us in all aspects of our life. We have the innate ability to feel if something is favorable or good for us.
When we think of improving our own Health and Wellness, we often have the perspective that has been given to us by the media, in other word there is more to consider than is socially/culturally recognized. For most of us, we are growing our understanding as more is being exposed due to the availability of the Internet. Still, marketing and advertising has learned to mask itself as “source information”, and while some of this is accurate, much of it is aimed at personal or corporate gain.
It is sometimes difficult to track the circumstances that lead to illness or imbalances in the body. One would need to pay as much attention to themselves, situational changes and the many changing environments we move through, and then relate to build-ups and feelings of depletion as a basis for tracking how, when and why an imbalance occurred.
It has been recognized that children come into this World as “pure beings”, closer to creation-time, or in a naturally vulnerable and innocent state. The circumstances of life, who raised us, environmental factors and a vast array of life- experienced-changes, all factor into the shaping of an individual. Therefore, one could also deduce that both positive and negative experiences and how we interpret them, can color, shape and influence a person and the perspectives he/she carry.
As a professional in the Health and Wellness field for the past 35 yrs, I study and research the many applications that come to the public, both old and new. The field itself has become of great interest to many as we review our own health:
Mind/Heart- senses and interpretations, commander of Nervous system
Body -cells, systems
Spirit- beliefs, un-knowns, illusions
The principle of Alignment or lack there of, is perceived on many levels...simultaneously. For most of us, entering into the state of Alignment is, to say the least, an effort and often random. More often we may even fail to recognize the fundamental priority of internal alignment to every facet of our lives.
This excerpt is taken from the translated text 'Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion' by author Cheng XinNong. Special thanks to Shanai & Chad from 'People's Choice Acupuncture' for lending me the book.