It is the Year of the Dog and that means we are on the brink of change from within. In the Daoist zodiac, the dog is an honorable member of the pack, a hunter and warrior, nurturer and scout. The Dog represents interdependence and the recognition of the whole. Its power lies in the understanding of oneself within the group.
This is more important than ever before in our lives, especially if you live in an urban center, but in this age of technology it’s still very difficult to stay connected to the quiet measured movement of our energy and the world around us when we are so used to getting big prompts from our devices every few moments.
My teacher, Zhong Xianwu, often mentions the true name of the calendar: “Yin Yang Li” which means, “moon and sun calendar.”
The whole system of the solar terms connects us to the location of the yin earth in relation with the yang sun and the “subtle” yang within yin or yin within yang energies of the moon as it rises and falls within the month.
Bone broth is a powerful elixir for healing the body and restoring gut function. Almost every culture across the globe has been cooking up bone broth for centuries. At my clinic, I often prescribe eight Chinese healing herbs to support the digestive system, build blood and Qi, and strengthen the immune system. You can add these same herbs to your bone broth at home to increase your energy, calm your heart, and bring your immune system on-line like never before.
Qi Gong is the first medicine, it is the way back to the Dao. To live in harmony with the Dao is the goal of this practice, to feel the energy of the universe coursing through you, to be awake and present...