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Right-brained activities are creative, intuitive and subjective. Left-brained activities are
linear,analytical and logical. It has been a popular myth that people prefer right-brained or left-brained activities because they have a dominant side of the brain.
It turns out that while certain activities are wired on one side of the brain (for example language tends to be on the left), people use each side of the brain equally.
So if the brain is wired for both activities, why is creative thinking so hard?
Many people live in a very yang environment—logical, fast-paced, decision-oriented. You must produce quickly and keep moving to meet your responsibilities.
With all the hustle-bustle, it’s hard to switch to intuition. Your mind races. You problem solve. Left brain, linear thinking is your default mode all day and it’s impossible to be intuitive from an analytical viewpoint. You need to switch your brain into creative thinking mode.
But how do you it? You trick it.
Ask yourself questions that defy logic. Get your analytical self so confused that your creative self has to step in and get to work. The beginning of the year is an excellent time to practice switching to creative thinking. Winter is yin and it’s good to slow down. Plus, the New Year is a great excuse to be reflective.
Use these writing prompts to get your creative brain back in charge… (see full PDF article)
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3 Ways to Prepare For Seasonal Changes
As the transition from summer to autumn begins, changes start to happen externally as well as internally. The days become shorter and the air gets cooler; our bodies change to adapt as well. Here are three ways to prepare for the fall season ahead along with the beginning of the yin cycle.
1 Let go of negativity
The autumn season represents the time when the lungs and large intestine are of the utmost importance. This season is especially an important time to let of negative energy in your life. Negativity doesn’t just affect your psychological health but your physical health as well. You can help get rid toxicity in your life by being aware of the causes and surrounding yourself with positive energy and people who make you happy.
2 Spend time outside
Because fall is focused on the lungs, spending more time outside can help strengthen this organ and increase your immune system as cold and flu season starts to emerge. Spend time in nature away from city pollution where you can breathe clean, cool air. Autumn time is the perfect opportunity to do this and refresh and strengthen the lungs.
3 Try acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment can help you physically as well as mentally prepare for the change in seasons. Some find it difficult to let go of the summer season and transition to shorter, cooler days. Acupuncture can ease this transition and make sure your body and energy are flowing properly.
“I had been suffering with severe migraine headaches on a daily basis before coming to see Robin. I was very skeptical about acupuncture when I started treatment, but now I am a believer and would recommend acupuncture to anyone that has migraine headaches!” –N.S.
Over 50 million of us experience some form of a severe headache at some point in our lives. Whether you experience minor head pain or severe migraines, headaches can take valuable time out of your day and your life, and leave you searching for relief. [click to continue…]
Happy Chinese New Year 2012! Here is a fun forecast for YEAR OF THE DRAGON: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/01/21/feng-shui-2012-forecast/
We have all learned that we need about eight 8oz glasses of water a day, but how many of us actually get that much? Many of my patients admit to barely getting any water throughout the day, or they tell me “I don’t like it.” In Chinese medicine, we strive to bring the body back into a state of homeostasis, and I try to teach patients ‘tricks’ to do at home to help the process. Getting adequate amounts of water daily is one of these tricks. Keep in mind that if you drink any diuretics, like coffee or alcohol, you need to drink even more water to replace what you are losing. If you drink liquids with high acidity, like sodas or citrus juices, you also should drink more water to neutralize the body’s pH. Here is an interesting article that explains some of the health benefits of water related to weight loss: http://www.highvibrations.org/archive3/water.htm.