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...
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.
Come learn and make your own medicinal wine!
Join us for an evening of medicinal wine making fun! This class will cover the basics of making wines with Chinese herbs that promote health and longevity. Ben will cover the functions and uses of commonly used herbs, their dosage, administration, and contraindications.
Monday October 25th from 6-8pm
(includes various herbs to take home to make your own longevity elixir)
Soak the aduki beans overnight, rinse well and then cook them in twice their volume of water with the kombu seaweed until the beans are soft.
Chop the squash fairly small, removing the seeds, and cook in the stock until soft.
Next combine the above together with the soya sauce, ginger, salt, simmering slowly until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the honey at the end and let it absorb into the soup being careful not to let it boil. Add the black pepper to taste.
This soup is helps drain excessive dampness from the body while nourishing the Spleen and Kidney organ and meridian networks. Aduki beans are known to nourish the Kidney Qi & Yin and have a diuretic action, while the squash strengthens the Spleen Qi. Kombu seaweed augments the Yin and Blood.
A good base for strengthening the whole body, this recipe can be adjusted in many ways to assist other areas of the body as well. Adding cinnamon can help strengthen the heart, improve circulation in the limbs, rid the body of cold and balance the blood sugar level. Another example is the addition of shiitake mushrooms to strengthen the body’s vital Qi.
Ben is an author, speaker, and coach who is often sought for his expertise in traditional Asian medicine and martial arts.