September is such a busy month, with acupuncture and herbal medicine seminars, peer reviews and renewed focus and energy for ideas and projects.
During a recent online forum, Robin Marchment shared this gem.
It’s a beautiful counterpoint to the busyness of the season.
Great discourse on the four seasons and harmonising the spirit
春三月， The three months of spring
此谓发陈，this is called burgeoning
天地俱生，heaven and earth both give birth
万物以荣。So 10,000 things flourish.
夜卧早起，Lie down at night and rise in the morning,
广步于庭，take long strides in the courtyard,
被发缓形，loosen the hair and have a relaxed bearing,
以使志生。and thus enable the aspiration to live.
生而勿杀，Let live and don’t kill,
予而勿夺，give and don’t take,
赏而勿罚。reward and don’t punish.
此春气之应，This corresponds to the qi of spring,
养生之道也。the right path to cultivate life.
逆之则伤肝，To do opposite will damage the liver,
夏为寒变。and in summer one will feel cold.
奉长者少。With insufficient basis to support growth.
Nei Jing, Chapter 2
Image: © Margi Macdonald
Translation: Awaiting confirmation
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