Rhythm

The common thread of this year is stress and how you could deal with it. According to Chinese medicine, health is based on the 5 vital substances: breathing, liquids, nutrition, movement and rhythms.

So, one of the ways to destress, is becoming (more) aware of the rhythms and surrender to them. Is surrender a scary word? Not really. A simple example:  if it rains, use an umbrella, right? That’s all. That’s surrender.

If you become  more aware of the rhythms around and inside of you, it will cause less stress. For example, when you restore the rhythm in your body, you will sleep better. In this blog, I would like to dive deeper in the rhythms. What rythms am I talking about?

In the bigger picture, think of the rhythm of morning, afternoon, evening, night. Light and dark. Sun and moon. Ebb and flow. The rhythm of the seasons: spring, summer, aftersummer, fall and winter.

The body is also subject to rhythm. Think of the rhythm of your heart, your in- and out breath, pulsation of the blood, the peristalsis of your intestines. And: every organ in your body has a rhythm: a time during which the energy of the organ is most or least active. In Chinese medicine we call this the organ clock. The energy of every organ is working optimally and extra hard during two hours a day. Exactly 12 hours later, the energy of this same organ is at it’s weakest point. Now let’s take a closer look at the organ clock.

Between 7-9 AM your stomach is most active, therefore this is a good time for a warm breakfast.  So, eating between 7-9 PM is not a good idea, because the stomach is least active. If your stomach has to start digesting now, it will take up a lot of energy and you probably wake up tired.

Between 9-11 AM your spleen, your digestive fire, is most active. During this time, your spleen is busy absorbing the nutrients. The spleen energy also stands for your intellect, so this is a good time to study or addressing  complex matters.

11 AM-1 PM your heart is most active, your ability to concentrate will deminish. This is a good time for a light lunch.

1-3 PM your small intestine is most active. What you’ve eaten during lunch, is now being used optimally. This is a good time to start moving. What to think of a walk after your lunch?

3-5 PM your bladder is most active. If you get a dip during this time, this is a sign that you have not drunk enough. A cup of misosoup might just do the trick, because not enough salt might also be a possibility for your dip.

5-7 PM your kidneys are most active. Your kidneys are busy filtering your blood and can now use a light meal. If your kidney energy is low, you might experience low back pains, kneeproblems or you are becoming more frightful.

7-9 PM your pericard is most active. This is a great time for meditation and slowing down your energetic system.

9-11 PM Your triple warmer is most active. Your triple warmer is not an organ, but it is an energetic system that helps balancing your body. This is a great time to get ready for bed.

11 PM-1 AM your galbladder is most active. The energy of your galbladder is connected to making choices. During your sleep, your selfconfidence and your ability to make choices are ‘uploaded’, so to say.

1-3 AM your liver is most active. During this time, your liver is detoxing. It is detoxing on every level: physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

3-5 AM your lungs are most active. Some people might get painful lungs during this time. This might be an indication that emotions of sadness are not yet processed.

5-7 AM your large intestine is most active. The large intestine stands for letting go. This is the perfect time to let go of all your waste. On the toilet that is.

This is the energetic clock of your body and it can be quite decisive for your mood and your energy level during the day.

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