On the interdependencies of the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine: “Food relies on water and fire. Production relies on metal and wood. Earth gives birth to everything.”.- A Collection of Ancient Works
In Traditional Chinese Medicine connective tissue (including ligaments, tendons, spinal and brain's dura and meningis, carpal tendons, bones, pericardium (connective tissue sac around the heart, the protective layers around muscles and nerves, and more) is associated with Earth elements (stomach and spleen) as well as the mouth, the taste of sweetness and a sense of anxiety. One way to use this information is to do visualization on the color yellow which is also associated with the Earth elements.
While resting quietly place one hand over the stomach (lower ribcage slightly to the left of center) and the other hand on the spleen (left side of the body, deep to the lower rib cage). Focus on your breathing and the color yellow. Imagine all the shades of yellow you can and all the things, clothes, birds, books, etc around you that are yellow.
Another exercise is while you are walking or a passenger in a car, look around and notice everything you see that is yellow.
Step 1: Assess.Your State of Being [Access the Free video class]
Step 2: Write 8 health goals, big and small.
1. Enjoy better walking.
2. Have less pain.
3. Have more energy.
4. Stop eating junk food.
5. Sleep better without night terrors.
6. Eliminate tremors.
7. Get rid of shoulder tension.
8. End back pain.
Step 3: Rewrite the 8 health goals framed in a positive way.
1. Enjoy better walking.
2. Move comfortably.
3. Benefit from more energy.
4. Eat more vegetables and protein.
5. Sleep restfully and have great dreams.
6. Develop muscle strength and control.
7. Soften and relax my shoulders.
8. Flex and extend my spine with ease.
Step 4: Make the goals measurable.
Step 5: Pull Out the Verbs
benefit and eat
sleep rest dream
develop and control
soften and relax
flex and extend
Step 6: Write 8 health goals using vivid action words and joints or parts of the body doing the action
walk enjoy move
smile in motion
energetically walk dance bicycle
gobble colorful vegetables crunch munch down proteins
lay quietly dream vigorously achieve momentum
orchestrate muscles like a symphony
soften lower calm shoulders
bend back and forth here and there with ease
Step 7: Write 8 goals using sensory words like red, soft, or tingling.
Balance and Flexibility
walk gently strongly balanced
over uneven surfaces
smile eyes twinkling in motion
bicycle round and round
gobble red apples green avocados yellow orange squash
a rainbow of vegetables
munch down cashews tortillas stir fried
shhh quietly sleeping dreaming
sunny warm dream delightful blue and green peaceful dreams
orchestrate strong muscles
bask in the loyalty of muscles following directions
shoulders sigh getting out from under the burden
tingling with success
bend back and forth soft and flexible
like green swaying bamboo
Step 8: Add something to your "poem" about the mind or brain, what you are thinking as you accomplish your goal.
Step 9: Write a poem as if you are describing yourself or another person doing the action.
Mind’s Eye Imagery
taking wide steps
sporting a twinkling smile
bicycling round and round
sleeping dreaming delightfully
flexing strong muscles
tingling with success
bending back and forth soft and flexible
Step 10: Write goal and a “poem” as if you have accomplished one of your goals.
Last week I started noticing the difference
strength balance on uneven surfaces
smiling I recall how far I have come
motion smooth and easy for me now
anything I want abundant energy walks dances and bicycles
around me as I move through the world
Red apples green avocadoes yellow orange squash
a rainbow of vegetables satisfy me as I dream
I remember last night's dream
vivid colors words swirling movements flowing like silk
in dreams and life I am master of my destiny
movement walking running even
head sitting on neck on shoulders strong
flexible bamboo green and healthy
better today than yesterday
Step 11: Notice what has changed in how you walk. Reevaluate. Walk and feel. How has each step changed?
Step 12: Post your final visualization or “poem” to the community board. Declare your vivid vision of the future.
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Using Light To Paint Poems Into Being
Light is a word and a symbol, a way of seeing and describing the world. Poems can incorporate the words for light and colors as if the pen is a paint brush creating an image that the readers modify for themselves, upon reading the words: light, dark, red, blue, shadow and sunlight. Light poems can describe what happens in the light and the darkness and the shadows, as well as illuminating a particular scene important to the poet. Light poems can be about physics and energy, the way the universe works and the sun shines and what the poet sees. Visual poetry can be a marriage of words and art each brightening the other. Visual poetry may also create visualizations, influencing the brain and what we think about as we read. Light is a word, a metaphor, and a way of seeing the community and opportunities around us.
Except from The Year of The Poet February 2018
Kinzeraba, The Holy Treasure
Observe a kernel of light
in darkness learn
goodness discovered within evil
live until death
a role for human beings
in cosmic explosions
Growth in the world
two branches of olive
four sides of the universe
draped in pure shimmering silk
the book of life
first to last pages flutter full
Great blessings rise up
all colors streaming
from light and water
Switching on at work
darkest day just beginning
Paws & Hooves
Together paws and hooves
the frozen landscape
wearing a path
where they sprint
like a pack of wild ones
Two sleep inside
slumbering on the carpet
near the bed
Two rest outside
laying snuggly together
in a small barn
Meeting in the daylight to dash
and dart paws and hooves
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