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September 26, 2019

Yang Sheng. 

Nope, it's not the name of a master meditator/martial artist/holy monk who lives in the woods. 

It's a concept; a philosophy of living; and when practiced on a daily basis, becomes part of the fabric of your daily routine. It isn't really a singular task that you do and check off at the end of the day. It's really more of the way you approach your tasks and the mindset (or your attitude) that you take when you go through the mundane, daily motions of living. And what powers the beating of the heart of the concept of Yang Sheng? The idea of nurturing and self care.  

OK. Maybe I'm making this sound a little too simple. Or so simple that it just becomes downright confusing (sorta like when Mr Miyagi tells Daniel in the Karate Kid to "wax on, wax off" in typical zen-like fashion, while teaching him karate - and poor Daniel wonders how the heck any of this stuff even relates to real life!)

This is where I come in and do my typical filibuster...

September 11, 2019

I know, I know. My bad. (I just wrist slapped myself so, THERE! We're even stevens....still friends??)

I know I keep saying that I'll be posting a little ditty about taking it easy and demonstrating the concept of "Yang Sheng" as a means of "keeping things balanced" in life and not letting life be all about too much action and no rest. Oh what a major hypo-critter I am as my summer has been all about the action-packed and uh...well, not so much about the "R an' R" aspect of life.

{Aside note: For all you acugeeks out there (YOU know who you are!!) who are curious, "Yang Sheng" is pretty much a way of life and living; where one "cultivates one's spirit" and "nourishes one's life" as a way to prevent disease (and all that nasty stuff that could kick your health out of kilter) and keep your body, mind and spirit healthy and, equally as important, responsive to all the things that life can throw at you.} 

So really, the point and purpose of this short little interim article is...

July 31, 2019

What do images of a golden-hued late July and humid August conjure up for you?

If you live in my neck of the woods in the Great Lakes region of Southern Ontario, you can bet your sweaty tush roasting on a hot vinyl carseat that for most of us living here, those two months usually dredge up memories of humid, sticky summer days where the mercury in the thermometer can feel like its trying to escape from the glass its encased in. 

And because TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is what I write a lot about for the most part, I'm going to spend a bit of time introducing you to the wonderful Zang organ, The Spleen! 

Random choice of organ? There never is a random-any-organ in the world of TCM. The Spleen is the organ that is most closely associated in TCM theory with the season of late summer and often the organ that can jam things up in the body when External Pathogenic Factors (that's the fancy pants term for extreme environmental changes or fluctuations) li...

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