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How to Build Resilience for Better Wellbeing

Now more than ever it’s important to build resilience, both mental and physical.

Resilience – Be like the Vine! 

Resilience is the ability to withstand, and navigate real or perceived threats and circumstances. It affects not only the physical body, but also the emotional, and mental body

Resilience implies that the “Will” and “Intent” is strong, and is supported by a healthy physical body. It also implies that there is a guiding force that governs your belief systems, such that you are not easily changed or put off by those around you.

Consider a flowering vine that creeps up a tree or fence. This can be considered an example of “resilience”. A vine is hard to control. It grows around obstacles, and is ever adapting and growing. A vine grows back stronger when it is trimmed, always expressing its true nature (guiding force).

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Why is it important to be resilient?

Physical resilience means I am fit and strong and that I am able to withstand illnesses and recover quickly from injury.

Emotional resilience implies that you are less likely to fluctuate between the highs and lows of human emotions in your day-to-day life. Having uncontrolled emotion is considered a drain of your life force. It clouds your thinking and affects your wellbeing.

When I am mentally resilient, I am able to plan and execute with clarity, the things that need to be done. You have a solution for every problem!

Being resilient in each of the three areas can be mutually beneficial. For instance, if I am physically strong, it assists with emotions. However, this is not always true. 

The fact that sports psychologist are often employed by those in the sporting elite to give them the competitive advantage is evidence enough of the power of our emotions and thought patterns.

How is Resilience viewed in Chinese Medicine?

Ultimately Resilience is related to our “potential”, or Jing. The term “Jing” in Chinese medicine is likened our raw un-manifested potential. It can be viewed like a battery that is a store of power.

Having Jing is not enough, but needs to be tempered by Wisdom and Intellect. Wisdom gives us an understanding about ourselves, which gives us purpose. The intellect is utilized by wisdom for using the Jing in all different types of ways. A battery is not useful until it is used by some device or appliance.

Jing is lost in everyday life through the activities that we do. Explicitly, it is lost through doing too much without adequate rest. According to Chinese Medicine and Daoisttheory, Jing is partially inherited, and partially acquired through air and food.

Our parents give us a basic constitution, and this may be considered in the West like genetics. This is what you are born with. How we manage what we have, or the rate at which we consume our Jing has to do with lifestyle choices, the food we eat, the air we breathe, if we are getting enough sleep, if we are constantly stressed and so on.

We have a Jing Bank in other words, and everything we do is related to it. The idea is to promote a life where we never overdraw from our bank. Having a strong Jing bank, and the correct outlook towards life helps us to navigate the ups and downs that are bound to occur.

Talk to Pure Alchemy for further information about building Resilience.

Anissa Au

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I am all about life, and how we can live as well as we can on this earth! I’ve always had a passion for natural health, after all, why not make use of its abundant resources. When I’m not at my acupuncture clinic in Cronulla, you’ll find me practising my Qigong, meditating, hiking in the wilderness or wild swimming. I also love spending time with a good book or enjoying hearty soul food with good company.
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