Our Health Philosophy
Our health philosophy is to keep life simple and balanced, to enjoy a healthy, happy life and prevent illness from taking hold.
A quiet life soothes the nerves and calms the soul. A person becomes relaxed and can breathe deeply. Sleep is deep and nourishing. Fertility is heightened.
Eating produce bursting with freshness strengthens the body and regulates digestion. The mind becomes clear and one can think coherently and deeply.
Stretching and exercise enhances circulation and physical wellbeing. Aches and pains can disappear.
Limit exposure to synthetic chemicals, to reduce disruption to the endocrine system, and minimise caffeine and alcohol, to relieve the burden on the liver. The blood will be cleansed, and toxins eliminated properly from the body. The body feels light and agile rather than heavy and sluggish.
When illness takes hold, use acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine wherever possible to restore balance.
Here is a dialogue that we just love because it sums up the simple and healthy approach to living that is our health philosophy. While its origin is ancient (over 2000 years old), it’s just as relevant to us today, if not more so. The passage is called ‘The Universal Truth’.
Emperor Huang Di: “I’ve heard that in the days of old everyone lived 100 years without showing the usual signs of aging. In our time, however, people age prematurely. Is this due to a change in the environment, or is it because people have lost the correct way of life?”
Advisor Qi Bo: “In the past, people understood the principle of balance. They exercised to promote energy flow, and meditated to help maintain and harmonise themselves with the universe. They ate a balanced diet at regular times, arose and retired at regular hours, avoided overstressing their bodies and minds, and refrained from overindulgence of all kinds. They maintained well-being of the body and mind; thus, it is not surprising that they lived over one hundred years.
“These days, people have changed their way of life. They drink wine as though it were water and indulge excessively in destructive activities. Seeking emotional excitement and momentary pleasures, people disregard the natural rhythm and order of the universe. They fail to regulate their lifestyle and diet, and sleep improperly.
“The accomplished ones of ancient times advised people to guard themselves against disease-causing factors. On the mental level, one should remain calm and avoid excessive desires and fantasies, recognising and maintaining the natural purity and clarity of the mind. When internal energies are able to circulate smoothly and freely, and the energy of the mind is not scattered, but is focused and concentrated, illness and disease can be avoided.
“Previously, people led a calm and honest existence, detached from undue desire & ambition; they lived with an untainted conscience and without fear. They were active, but never depleted themselves. Because they lived simply, these individuals knew contentment, as reflected in their diet of basic but nourishing foods and attire that was appropriate to the season but never luxurious. Since they were happy with their position in life, they did not feel jealousy or greed. They had compassion for others and were helpful and honest, free from destructive habits. They remained unshakable and unswayed by temptations, and they were able to stay centered even when adversity arose. They treated others justly, regardless of their level of intelligence or social position.”
From Huang Di Neijing Suwen, Chapter 1 (abridged).
(Ni, M. 1995, trans. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, Shambala, Boston).