Can goose bumps prevent illness?

As much as I thrive in the spring and summer, I do enjoy the colder seasons as well - in fact, as I write this, I'm watching this fall/winter's first snowfall from my office window. It's lovely.

What I don't look forward to is the onslaught of cold and flu season. (Like, does anyone, really?)

Whether it hits me and mine (which, thankfully, is not all that often), or my clients, it's bad for business. :)

So, this seems like a good time to talk about an interesting concept in Chinese Medicine, the Wei Chi.

While immunology as a field is extremely complex and is still revealing its mysteries to western medicine, the idea of Wei Chi (a phrase which here is pronounced 'way-chee' and loosely translates as 'defensive life force') in Chinese medicine, can be conceptualized as a field surrounding the surface of the body, much like guards at the city gates.

 

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Exploring the undiscovered country of the nearby

We can become so familiar with a place, we hardly notice it anymore.

This place can be as close as your own backyard, or your own body.

Glennie Kindred's beautiful and practical guide, "Letting in the Wild Edges" makes the compelling case for exploring the boundaries of our known worlds ("the undiscovered country of the nearby*"), and reacquainting with the 'edges' - the wild, forgotten, overlooked, overgrown and neglected places where nature will take the advantage to re-assert herself.

 

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