Ki (pronounced as key), is the Japanese word for our Energy. It has also been called Chi (Chinese), Prana (Vedantic), Lung (Tibetan), Mana (Hawaiian), Vital Energy (Western), the Force (Star Wars) and so on. Just about every ancient culture in the world and many modern cultures have the concept.
Ki is the binding agent that joins martial arts, healing arts, meditation, connection with nature and many other of mankind's cultures and arts.
Monday, 20 February 2012
“Feeling only the cold
We cling on to the summer
And fear winters beauty”
Part of us
knows that we cannot stop the flow of the seasons any more than King Canute stopped
the flow of the tide and accept it but at the same time we would prefer to be
sitting outside with a glass of wine in the evening rather than trying to keep
If we were
perfect – and let’s face it, we are not; we would adapt with the seasons of the
year and of life, accept their changes and move on.In Eastern thought this would be called
living with the flow of the Tao.
If our body,
minds and spirits are in perfect health then we are living with the Tao.Exercises and therapies such as Tai Chi, Chi
Gung, macrobiotics, meditation and Shiatsu are ancient ways of helping to keep
ourselves flowing with the Tao and having a happy and fulfilling lifetime.
of the following practices can help you to adapt to the winter season.
natural urge is to eat heavier foods as the cold sets in.This is how it should be but as Westerners we
tend to overdo this leading to excessive build-up of mucous and fats.Try putting a few extra seasonal locally
grown vegetables in the casserole and a little less meat.
fresh ginger and mooli are good for breaking down excess fats and mucous.
sure that you get enough rest.If the
winter makes you want to hibernate then this is a sign that your body is trying
to synchronise with the seasons – are you taking notice of the messages?
is considered by most traditions to be a very spiritual time where we can
explore our inner selves.Take time to
reflect on what your values are in life and how to be true to yourself.
out and feel the glories of Nature!Even
the “dark stormy nights” of the winter can be exhilarating.
change, stop or even slow down the seasons.Learning to adapt with them can be a nourishing process.Great benefits can be gained from relatively
little effort.Learn to enjoy the
passage of the seasons and your whole wellbeing can be improved.