As Chinese medicine practitioners, we often talk about Jing, Qi, Shen.

We only have certain amount of Jing, Qi and Shen within us. Only when we use them wisely, can we live longer and healthier.

You may ask, what are Jing, Qi, and Shen? Too abstract to explain to an outsider in short sentences.

Let’s explain in this way. If Jing is a candle, Qi is the flame, and Shen is the candlelight. The length of time that a candle can be lit depends on 1) the size of candle itself; 2) the strength and the stability of the wind. Given the size of the candle can not be changed, providing constant, stable and moderate wind power is the best way to keep candle lit as long as it can.

Wind, another topic I would like to talk about here. In the context of Chinese medicine, wind refers to factors more than just external wind from nature. One of them, probably the most important one, is emotion and desire. We always want infinite for our finite lives. No one knows why, probably just because we are only human.

Therefore, if we want to keep the wind down and stable to have longer and healthier lives, then we need to control our desires and lusts, we need to smile at ups and downs in our lives.

May every candle lit gracefully in the wind!

Candle in the wind
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