A System of Self Care
Self care and clearing one’s mind doesn’t have to be esoteric or complicated. Moderate activity, such as walking and simple stretching increases blood circulation and activate the lymphatic system. Regular walks and stretching keep the muscles and tendons healthy and keep the body in shape as one goes through life.
Maybe you hear this too often on this blog, but one can massage the belly every day. If you look at an image of the large intestine in an anatomy book, you’ll see it looks as if it has four corners (If it’s in a healthy state. Most often, it isn’t in a healthy state and doesn’t have a square shape; but rather the large intestine droops and drops at the corners).
Self massage of the large intestine stimulates the four corners: the ileocecal valve (in the lower right abdomen); the hepatic flexure (in the right upper abdomen), the splenic flexure (in the upper left quadrant); and the sigmoid colon (from the lower left corner of the abdomen). When the large intestine is stimulated, it functions properly. Then it isn’t weighed down by stuck fecal matter and remains in its natural position. In addition to set-massage, a healthy diet of food and water also helps every system in the body.
Taoists believe everyone is responsible for their own well-being. Teachers in the Healing Tao system encourage students to heal themselves and practices exercises that lead one to grow. Doing the work leads to results which causes us to do more work. The idea of empowering students is critical so students don’t have to rely on a particular teacher for years. Students can help themselves after learning just a few basic exercises.
Learn Taoist self care from this inexpensive book:
The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching: Transforming Your Lead Into Gold https://www.amazon.com/dp/1718636970/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Y5NQDbDP60MHS