The Perfectionist's Lie
Today I was listening to a podcast from Brendon Burchard, author of The Charge: Activating The 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive. He was talking about something he calls, "The Perfection's Lie", the lie we tell ourselves to keep us from following through on something that is important to us.
It reminded me of my work as an acupuncturist and Chinese medical physician. Each day I meet people trying to change some aspect of their health, and often they are paralyzed by the fear of trying something new, something different, something crazy like letting someone put needles all over their body! I understand this. I've been there.
But inherent in this is the fact that if we continue doing the same things we've always done, we're very likely to keep getting the same results - often the ones that we want to change...
Well ‘tis the season folks. Flu season, that is. Another winter is upon us, which means it’s time to unearth our toolboxes of immune support. No one likes to be sick, and in the winter the flu especially threatens us already weathered New Englanders.
But we have power in being human. Our bodies are remarkable machines that are always at the ready to provide an attack on nasty bugs and invaders. The trouble is that these bodies of ours can fall short sometimes and just not quite make the cut, in which case we get sick.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we call this winter sickness a “wind-cold.” One of the ancient Chinese doctors coined the phrase, “The wind is the chief of the one hundred diseases,” which turns out to be quite a literal statement in fact. A big way bugs and viruses travel to our mucus membranes and tissues is via the air, and the wind certainly doesn’t help that fact. One of the most important things we can do to defend ourselves against invading pathogens is to stay warm and as underexposed as possible. Scarves are essential (yes, even light ones in the warmer months) to keeping us protected.
Yi Yi Ren / Job’s Tears
Cool in temperature and bland in taste, Job’s Tears are perfect to clear heat and detoxify the body. It promotes urination and strengthens the digestion to drain excess dampness from the body. Perfect for those will edema, diarrhea, swollen arthritic joints, tumors, indigestion, and skin problems. Eat in a soup, porridge, or drink as a tea. Grinding them into a powder and mixing it with aloe vera for use as a facial mask is great for acne.
Neutral in temperature and sweet in taste, Black sesame is great for strengthening the Liver and Kidneys, harmonizing the blood, lubricating the intestines, restoring hair color, nourishing the Yin of the body, and promoting lactation. It is a great food for those with constipation, premature balding or graying of the hair, chronic arthritis, joint inflammation, and cough. Grind and add to cereal, porridge, cook with rice milk, or powder and mix with honey into small candy-like balls... not matter how you eat it, you get the life long benefits of this great food.
Go Qi Zi / Gou Ji Berries
Sweet and sour in taste, neutral in temperature, this superfood is perfect for nourishing the Yin and blood, strengthening the lungs, benefiting the liver and kidneys, stopping dry cough, and improving eye health. Enjoy this tasty berry for health and longevity especially if your suffering with vision decline, dry skin, eyes, etc., anemia, lower back pain, impotence, tinnitus, dry cough or diabetes. Add them you your trail mix, cereal, rice porridge, or steep as a tea.
Ben is an author, speaker, and coach who is often sought for his expertise in traditional Asian medicine and martial arts.