As May unfolds and Memorial Day approaches, take a moment to remember the people you’ve loved and lost. Take a moment and check in with those feelings. No judgment; just look.
Love & Gratitude,
Take a look around today and check out the magnificence of our green, glowing Earth. Lovely spring bulbs are reaching for the sun. Mother Nature is making her annual promise to birth new life and offer sweet renewal.
As the months become warmer and sunnier, our liver – a powerful Yin organ – kicks into overdrive. Springtime is liver time! Your liver is the ultimate spring cleaner that clears out the muck from bad habits, bad moods and bad karma.
In Western medicine the liver is considered a filter that detoxifies the body’s blood supply. As blood passes through the liver, substances such as prescriptions/over-the-counter medications/illegal drugs/alcohol and fats are broken down. The liver diminishes the negative effects that potentially toxic materials can have on our bodies.
In traditional Chinese Medicine the liver houses the negative emotions of anger, frustration and rage. The liver’s tissues are sponge-like and absorb negative emotions so they don’t “spill over” into other organs. Think of the liver as a powerful de-weeder that encourages your flowers to grow and blossom.
Here are three simple tools that blend Eastern and Western wisdom so you can re-balance your liver and glow this spring.
Practice gentle Qigong. When you practice these soft meditative movements you are “ringing out” toxic emotions that block and distort energy. Click here for the Liver Healing Sound.
Drink warm water, coconut oil and fresh lemon. This special concoction is a gentle way to stimulate, detoxify and cleanse your liver and gallbladder.
Develop kindness and compassion. The most powerful virtues in the world are also good medicine for your liver. Be kind, be compassionate. No faking allowed!
The human body is an amazing display of Yin and Yang, ebb and flow, balance and harmony. We believe that by blending the wisdom of both Western and Eastern medicine, each one of us will be led into a new level of human evolution.
May you evolve into perfect well-being, peace and harmony in your body and in your life.
– Chris & Parisa Shelton and the Shelton Qigong Team
How you ever felt disappointed? Discouraged? Frustrated? If you imaged your life as a garden, would your patch of paradise be vibrant and bursting with color? Or parched and overrun with weeds?
As the season transitions from winter to spring so does our body, mind and spirit. Think of a fresh delicate bud on a sturdy tree. That tiny sprig is soft, flexible and ready to grow, grow, grow. Nature can teach us so much about what we need to nourish our dreams so they blossom and bloom.
This season dare greatly and ask, “What do I feel growing inside of me?”
Here are some fast and easy tips for nourishing your creativity so you can cultivate the sweet blessings of your dreams and hopes.
Cleanse your liver, soften your mind, uplift your spirit. Our liver is located in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen just below the diaphragm. The liver is related to the Wood Element, which helps us cleanse our mind, body and spirit of negative emotions such as anger, frustration and impatience. Click here to learn how to cleanse your liver using simple and gentle Qigong movements.
Follow up intense sessions of creativity and/or movement with rest and relaxation. When you decide you’re going to do something, go for it. Focus your attention, intention and energy on why you’re doing something and what you’re doing. But when you’re done with the activity or growing tired, stop! Take the time to recover and replenish. Step away from your Work. Renew your intention by relaxing and refocusing.
Meditate not medicate. Rather than drinking that extra glass of wine (love your liver!), texting while driving (dangerous!) or watching television for hours (fattening!), check in with your breath. Stop, sit and breathe. Mediation is proven to boost creatively and feed precious brain cells that make you smarter, sharper and sexier. Put down the wine, put down the phone and turn off the television. Now say it with me: OMMMMM.
We hope you feel and receive the bright, loving sunshine that heralds the arrival of spring. Nourish your creativity, honor your liver and watch compassion, creativity and growth plant deep roots in your life and your world.
OM, Peace, Amen.
February is a time to feel Love and share Love.
If you’re single, hey! There’s no need to stop reading! And if you’re in a relationship, there’s no need to roll your eyes. (Cupid is watching.)
To receive Love, we must share Love. Loving others well and true starts by believing in ourselves, cultivating our energy and nurturing our inner wisdom.
Your kidneys play a vital role in how well you access self-love and self-appreciation. In Chinese Medicine the kidneys are centers of inner wisdom and willpower. How well (or poorly) we love ourselves points to how healthy and balanced our kidneys are.
When are kidneys are balance and strong, our kidney Qi (pronounced “chi” and meaning life-force energy) plays a positive role in enjoying a long, healthy life. But if our kidney Qi is weak, we run the risk of low energy, low vitality and a life absent of dreams and dream-making.
A life without Love or dreams breaks Cupid’s heart!
Here are five powerful tips for nurturing your kidney Qi this month and throughout your precious, heart-led life.
Commit to a daily practice of Qigong. Help cleanse and rebalance your kidneys by practicing these gentle movements. Within minutes you’ll feel calm, energized and centered. Click here to watch 30 Days to Better Health – Qigong Kidney Cleansing Exercise.
Go to bed early, get up late. Indulge your body’s desire to hibernate during the winter months (winter starts in December and ends in March). Close the blinds, crawl into bed and stay there! Your mind, body and spirit will reward you in the morning.
Drink a lot. A lot of water! (No whining wine lovers.) When quenching your thirst, choose filtered water served at room temperature. Add fresh lemon or lime for add flavor and health benefits.
Eat the sea. Foods that nourish and nurture your kidneys include pears and peaches, black beans and other legumes. Consider including super-food sea veggies like nori, wakame, dulse into your diet. Seafood is always a tasty, healthy choice.
Listen to water. There’s a reason why running a bath is relaxing. The sound of moving water is proven to lessen stress and activate creativity. Add a little Zen to your daily life by running a tiny fountain in your office or treating yourself to a long soak in the tub.
Our goal at Shelton Qigong is to help you nurture yourself, your life and your world. This month our hearts are set on helping you be a sweetheart to your kidneys. Your inner Cupid wants you to practice self-love and self-appreciation.
Nourish self-love and share your heart with your inner circle and your community. And then watch as that Love beats across the world.
One Love. One Life. Happy Valentine’s Day from our hearts and kidneys to yours!
Love & gratitude,
-Chris & Parisa Shelton