On January 18 we entered the 18-day period between the end of the energetic season of the Water element (Winter) and the beginning of the energetic season of the Wood element (Spring) beginning February 5. That transitional period is one of the four 18-day seasonal energetic transitional periods of the year called Earth. Each energetic season has a set of energetic influences to which each one of us is more or less sensitive. For the people who stay very grounded and balanced during Earth, the 18-day period can be extremely creative time for them, but for those who have an Earth imbalance, the energetic influence exacerbates rumination enhancing worry and impeding decision making.
In our Wei Chi series of blog articles beginning in March of 2017 we emphasized the teaching of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) concerning the importance of our emotional life on our state of health and wellness. Positive emotions have a favorable effect on our vitality while negative ones are very destructive to our physical and mental health in addition to damaging our emotional life.
In Dr. Mercola’s email newsletter of January 18, 2019 we are reminded that the key to enriching and nourishing relationships with other humans is an attitude of gratitude. It seems simple enough but given the load of concerns, if not outright worries most people experience in this trying time and age, it is easy to feel like we’re being attacked from various sides. We may even find little that immediately comes to mind for which we can sustain such an attitude of gratitude.
Some people are blessed with an innate predisposition to be thankful for almost all people and events in their lives but for most it requires a moment of deliberate reflection to focus on people, animals, things, conditions, and places for which to acknowledge and express appreciation. It is so important that Mercola refers to it as “a cure for everything,” and he adds: "It is free!”
A feeling of gratitude is a blessing but it needs to be expressed to be cultivated and to become fully beneficial in our lives. Appreciation is an even more profound aspect of gratitude. It causes us to go beyond the surface of “thank you” and feel more deeply.
Feeling gratitude for anything at all is a near instant remedy for feeling low. Feeling appreciation for anything at all causes us to truly pause and deliberately savor the beauty of life. It can begin with appreciation for the simplest of things such as a smile offered, a butterfly, a tasty bite of food, a hilarious television show or a beautiful color. Appreciation has the potential to take us to the more meditative state where healing begins to occur, “the junction point between mind and matter, the point where consciousness actually starts to have an effect,” according to Deepak Chopra.
It is this state of awareness and feeling that becomes the “best predictor of good relationships” in our lives. It contributes to a balanced and peaceful state of mind and it supports our chi energy helping us to maintain a stronger immune system and radiant health, vitality and sense of overall well-being.