The Daoist theory of Yin & Yang believes a healthy life involves balance. When we are in balance, the body, mind and spirit are harmonious. When we are not in balance, this creates an atmosphere for dis-ease to occur. If you are having difficulty respecting and loving yourself, if your self-worth is not as strong as you would like, look within and ponder this…There are nine areas of our life that need to be balanced and nourished to maintain harmony. If disease does arise, examine these areas and determine which one is in excess or deficient and adjust accordingly the energy and time spent on the category.
Bob Flaws, one of the leaders of Traditional Chinese Medicine in North America said it succinctly…Consider the aspects of our life like petals on a flower. Each one must be well cared for, for the conditions of healing to occur. These areas are Work, Play, Exercise, Relaxation, Diet, Family/Friendship, Emotions and Sex. However, in my opinion, Flaws has neglected the most important aspect of our life, our Spirit. I would position Spirit at centre of the flower from which all petals extend from. Knowing our Spirit and the ability to understand our true nature… where we have come from, why we are here and where we are going are paramount to health and longevity. Find and nourish your Spirit and all else in your life will blossom.