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"Just stay at the center of the circle and let all things take their course" ~ Lao Tzu


In case you are not familiar with Lao Tzu, he was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism. It is from Taoism where the microcosm within the macrocosm view of nature so central to Chinese medicine is inspired by. We are mini universes living in a larger one.


Imagine yourself in the centre of a circle. What a great view. With a slight pivot, everything is equally clear. You are equally distanced with every point of the circle. Apply this analogy to your life, especially when the going feels a little tough. If you stay at the centre, your centre, you will feel calm and grounded. Late summer, the season northern hemisphere are currently in, is the ultimate time to refocus your attention to grounding, nurturing and centeredness. It is the season that correlates to the Earth element as well as the Spleen and Stomach organ systems. Our digestive organs are related to the Earth in the sense that they thrive on warmth and nourishment, both physically and mentally. Warmth symbolises warming foods, warm and peaceful thoughts, positive thinking, consistent meals, warm beverages, etc. The Spleen and Stomach become imbalanced when thoughts and foods are too severe or lacking in any direction.


When you stay in the centre, all perspectives are clear. You can see all points of view. You are equally distanced from each angle, each story. You can allow things to play out as they may, while maintaining clear thinking and a broad perspective. Most importantly, you will feel peace. Oftentimes when we are very close to something, we only see a detail of it. With each step backwards, we gain more knowledge because we see more.


If you want to feel grounded and centred, Take time daily for complete silence. Whether that be in meditation, or sitting in the park, or sitting in your favorite chair at home. Clear out your mind. Visually imagine your mind clearing out any unconstructive thoughts. Fill the mind with positivity and joy. Have a cup of ginger tea and relax.

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