Every day thousands of fitness gurus, experts and doctors give advice on how to stay healthy and how to extend your own life.
But this is all modern stuff. How about going a bit away from the usual “tips”?
Below are some interesting ideas (taken from here) from a Shaolin monk, that might be useful to you as well. They’re straight, easy to understand and do not take too much to implement.
The monk tips:
Don’t think too much. Thinking takes energy. Thinking can make you look old.
Don’t talk too much. Most people either talk or do. Better to do.
When you work, work for 40 minutes then stop for 10 minutes. When you look at something all the time, it can damage your eyes and also your internal organs and peace.
When you are happy, you need to control your happiness, if you lose control then you damage your lung energy.
Don’t worry too much or get angry because this damages your liver and your intestines.
When you eat food don’t eat too much, always make sure you are not quite full as this can damage your spleen. When you feel a bit hungry then eat a little.
When you do things, take your time, don’t hurry too much. Remember the saying “Hasten slowly you will soon arrive”.
If you only do physical exercise all the time and you never do Qigong this makes you lose your balance and you will become impatient. You lose the Yin of your body. Exercise balances the Yin and the Yang.
*Qigong is a practice of aligning body, breath, and mind for health, meditation, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as “life energy”.
If you never exercise, just peace, meditation, soft training, Qigong, then this doesn’t give you Yang energy so you use up your Yang energy.