When I first started the program in Boulder, Colorado at the Southwest Acupuncture College in 2004, I did not know anything about health.  I was only 23 years old at the time, being one of the youngest students at the school, I felt lucky to know all these information to be a Chinese Medicine Doctor.  For a first year student, there are many walls, but one of them was to have an understanding of the terminology like yin and yang.  First year is always the hardest for adjusting yourselves to the new environment and trying to live the medicine.  I remember I asked the 3rd year student, what is exercise?  It was so dumb that I could not even ask the teacher.  Jason answers the question with great compassion, you can climb mountain, go for a bike ride and go for a walk.  Ohhhhh, I was enlightened that all those sounds like fun activities were considered exercise.  I know, it’s so dumb, but when you are 23 years old, you don’t have to “exercise” to keep up with your body.  I was getting little soft though for never intended to do any exercise.

 

Now, I am happy to know about regular base exercise to keep me fit and happy.  To live the medicine, you must do some physical activity that you like in your weekly routines.  Just knowing this will help you so much in your well being.  Cooking was other learning in my first year at SWAC.  As 23 year old, I remember I was starting to cook, but still learning.  I had a sense though not to buy my chicken at the Walmart…  Knowing your source of food was naturally important in Traditional Chinese Medicine, eating the locally grown food is considered healthier for you to fit the environment.  It seems that all these ideas are only common sense, yet people might over look for being the healthy tip of your life.  Eating home cooked whole foods, as much as organic, only palm size protein as your serving, seasonal cooked vegetable, leafy green, and well thought out oil consumption.  It is so important to have your hormone balanced by just from your meal intake, to help your body build more hormones, protein, and other functional building block that we need for the repair.  In this way, you CAN have your food as a medicine.

 

Third important keys to your wellness is that we all need to socialize and speak our minds to share our feelings of emotions to feel connected, and feel the support to ground us. I feel like I don’t even to talk about the importance of the family’s support, because we all know that in our hearts how important that is. Although, being a parent is not an easy task. Balancing everything every day and still keep up the good attitude can be challenging. Life isn’t like Facebook, the reality of life is struggle in our ages, hard to find good jobs and raise your family with good health. This is why I encourage you to start shopping for health every time you pay for food. Know what you are putting in to your body, know what you are feeding your family and love ones. Its survivable, it doesn’t seem like that, but it is.

 

I will break it down to how to be conscious to have a healthy life style without stressing out each step. Please take things easy and slow too if you are committed to making these changes in your life. Get the whole family involved and have lots of fun trying new things and figure out what works best for you and your family.

 

春ですね。皆さんいかがお過ごしでしょうか?

相変わらず忙しいかと思いますが、身体の調子をしっかりと整えて夏の予定を組みましょう!!元気じゃないと何にもなりませんもんね!

 

春ってどうしてこんなに気持ちがいいのでしょうね~。でも風が強いのでしっかりとレイアーして着こんでおかないと何時寒くなっても対応できる様にしておくと身体が安心しますね。とにかく、冷えない事が大事ですからね。のびのびとストレッチをする事も大事な季節、夏に向けてちょっと呼吸しながら、されげなく腹筋してたり。身体を整える素晴らしい季節です。歩く時や駅の階段で良く「おしりっ!おしりっ!」と唱えながら筋トレ通学をしてました。(笑)

 

でもホント、小さな意識で実は沢山身体にいい事が出来るのです。ランチもお金も勿体無いから家からのお弁当がやっぱり一番。いつも後ろのラベルを見てから、変なものが入ってないか確かめてから購入をして下さい。分からなかったら、一瞬止まって、息をしながら、この食べ物は私にとっていいものですか?と頭の中で聞いてみる。そこで自分の直感を信じる、身体の何処かが反応すると思います。私は良く、頭の中で元気玉を作る様な動作をします。その時に食べても大丈夫な物は強い元気玉が出来て、悪い物の場合はへにょへにょの玉が出来ます。Oリングを知ってる人は簡単に出来ると思います!

 

食べ物と運動に気を使うことで、健康の半分を手に入れたようなもの。残りはそのストレス対応と睡眠、アルコールもタバコもほどほどに。自分を殺しては行けませんよ。人生は楽しい方がいいに決まってる。地球のことは考えると危機感を感じたり、悲しい想いで沢山になってしまいますが、世界では沢山の人々が良くしようと頑張っている人達もいます。本当にすごい時代ですよね。私が14歳の時にアメリカに来たときはファックスの時代ですから。。。1996年でした。何と、20年も前!?

 

未来想像図を一緒に作りあげて行けたらいいです!

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私も地球の反対側から頑張りますよ!

 

Love, Love, Love to the World~

 

 

 

Maya Kathleen Washizu

鷲巣真也

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