The Inner Smile, Balance Your Five Elements

“Gratitude for Our Body: Forming a relationship and having routine check-ins with our organs is exactly what the inner smile is designed to do. By having a relationship with our organs, we know what makes them happy, sad, function well, and what stifles the many unconscious processes they do on our behalf every minute. Further, according to the Taoist view of the body, each organ is associated with an element, a color, virtues, and aspects of nature (not to mention planets, times of day, phases of the moon, stars and constellations, tastes, smells, gem stones, etc. etc.) Strengthening these aspects inside of us strengthens our connection to these aspects of the natural world outside of us.” -Andrew McCart, The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching

Ways to balance your Five Elements: foods, acupuncture, yoga, health, and meditation. Thank you Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for this great infographic.

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