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,
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.
As we wrap up the excitement of summer and shift into fall, our lives and schedules change. The leaves change color. The kids go back to school.
Autumn signifies seasonal change as well as inner change. Now is the perfect time to build our immunity as our energy levels lessen and pull inward, making us more susceptible to cold and flu.
Rather than looking to a flu shot to keep us healthy and fit, look to the fridge, your cozy bedroom and what’s on your plate. Eat well, sleep deeply, move lovingly and stay healthy this fall and always.
Eat: Add pumpkins, gourds, fennel and congee (soupy rice) to your daily diet.
Sleep: The number one tonic for building immunity is sleep. Did you know that you loose inches off your waist if you get at least eight hours of sleep a night regularly? Get your zzz!
Move: In traditional Chinese Medicine, particularly Qigong, autumn is a season associate with the vitality of our digestion. Incorporate these gentle and soothing Qigong movements into your day-to-day routine.
By nurturing your stomach and spleen, going with the flow and slowing down as much as possible, you will find you have more vitality, more patience and a stronger immune system.
Until next time Qi you later.
— Chris Shelton
The arrival of spring means different things to different people. Bikini beach season is around the corner. Gardens are sprouting and looking for love. Sun worship is about to shine.
As the season starts to shift, so do our mind, body and spirit. We naturally feel brighter, eat less and move outdoors. Spring is the perfect time to cleanse the body of the fat and heavy indulgences of winter. Spring is also the time when the liver and gallbladder are most active and you may find that you or those around you are more irritable.
One of the fastest and most powerful ways to supercharge your energy and replace the dullness of winter with inner vitality and glow is to eat green and fresh to benefit your liver and gallbladder. You can also do the Liver Cleansing Exercise to reduce any feelings of frustration, depression, or anger, and bring forth more kindness and compassion.
When choosing what to put in your cart, on your plate and down into your belly, remember to include some or all of these spring super foods.
Any and all young plants, greens and sprouts (e.g., kale, spinach, brussel sprouts)
Any and all young cereal grasses (e.g., long-grain rice, millet, buckwheat)
Fresh pungent herbs (e.g., fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill, bay leaf)
Sweet-flavored complex carbs like grains, seeds and beans (e.g., hominy, sunflower seeds, black beans)
Organic beets, carrots, onion and garlic
Any colored pepper (green, red, yellow)
Fresh kiwi, blueberries and raspberries
Be healthy and happy this springtime and always!
— Chris Shelton and the Shelton Qigong team