Helpful Hints for Late Summer

Remember the main themes of the workshop: centering, sympathy, equality and balance.  These movements and principles of life engender security, nurturing, bonding, productivity or generativity and grounded thinking. 1.  Centering:  What helps you regain your center?  Do you meditate,practice qigong, garden, exercise, play music, etc.?  Set time aside to   practice whatever helps you relax, ... Read More
 

Winter

“It sifts from leaden Sieves” It sifts from leaden Sieves— It powders all the Wood. It fills with Alabaster Wool The Wrinkles of the Road— It makes an Even face Of Mountain and of Plain— Unbroken Forehead from the East Unto the East again— It reaches to the Fence— It wraps it Rail by Rail ... Read More
 

The Kidneys

The Kidneys and the Bladder From the point of view of traditional Chinese medicine, each of the four seasons is a concentration of a particular type of energy.  The passage of time marked by the seasons involves the succession of one type of energy to another (Larre, Schatz & Rochat de la Vallee, 1986).  This ... Read More
 

Autumn

“The Autumn Wind” Wu-ti  (157-87 B.C.) Autumn wind rises; white clouds fly, Grass and trees wither; geese go south. Orchids, all in bloom; chrysanthemums smell sweet. I think of my lovely lady; I never can forget. Floating-pagoda boat crosses Fen River; Across the mid-stream white waves rise. Flute and drum keep time to sound of ... Read More
 

Tips for Autumn

1.  Gathering.   Be aware of what you value.  What is really essential to you?  Notice your strengths and qualities.  Focus on what is positive in your life.  Honor yourself.  Extend this attitude to others and nature.  Recognize, praise and compliment others.  Notice the beauty of life. 2.  Practice breathing exercises.   Think of the breath as ... Read More
 

The Five Phases As a Model for Problem Solving and Goal Setting

The Five Phases As a Model for Problem Solving and Goal Setting The Five Phases model provides us with a set of guidelines and questions that are useful for solving problems and setting goals.  Traditionally the Five Phases correspond to its own season:  wood to spring, fire to summer, earth to late summer, metal to autumn, ... Read More
 

The Five Phase Model or Being and Evolution

Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Reston, Virginia, Bethesda, Maryland and in Washington D.C. The Five Phases As a Model for Problem Solving and Goal Setting The Five Phases model provides us with a set of guidelines and questions that are useful for solving problems and setting goals.  Traditionally the Five Phases correspond to its ... Read More
 

Unity, Core Consciousness and Change

The idea of the Tao (Way) and of Qi energy suggests an interconnectedness between all phenomena, a oneness.  This idea is represented by the foundational principle of Unity.  The principle of Unity suggests that we all come from the same source, all life is interconnected, and the seed of the Source is within everyone.  As ... Read More
 

Problem Solving Guideline 1

WOOD Spring Birth of new ideas/Beginnings/              Vision/Planning New growth                                 Intention/Decision making/Judgment Direction                                                Evaluation of Pros and Cons Future                                                    Anger/assertion of being What is my vision? What is my goal? What are the positive and negative aspects of my goal? Is my identity affected by the goal?  If so, how? What is the purpose of my ... Read More
 

Problem Solving Guideline 2

FIRE Summer Heart, Joy and Humor, Satisfaction                         Trust Enthusiasm/Attraction—What do I want?                Freedom Partnership/Relationship—                                      Responsibilities Interaction with others                                            Control Communication                                                      Maturation of planned goals Assimilation and Sorting— What to pursue? What to abandon? Is there joy, humor, warmth and attraction to it?  If not, why?  What could change that? What are my fantasies and ... Read More