The MBD Podcast 005 Transcript: Fortifying our Essence

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(The ‘Fortifying our Essence’ Meditation begins at 18:33)

Welcome to the transcript of this weeks Podcast - all about "Fortifying our Essence"!

In this weeks episode we briefly discuss the relationship to and importance of focusing on the Breath and the Kidneys to support the biological and emotional resolution of Fear and Grief.

I hope you find this useful :-)

I want to talk to you today about fortifying our essence. And although that can sound like quite a grand and even ‘ephemeral’ idea, it is a fundamental aspect for us to think about if we want to nurture our essence (our personal energy), to bring balance and health to our personal energy system, and if we are interested in the idea of having a long and healthy life!

So today I want to talk to you a little about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and some aspects of the kidneys and the lungs in relationship to fortifying our essence.

The MBD Podcast #005 Fortifying the Essence
The MBD Podcast #005 Fortifying the Essence

The Kidneys

The Kidneys are known to be the organs associated with something referred to as the “ROOT OF LIFE” - they are connected with the idea or energy of ‘Vitality’ and our potential to live a long and healthy life (‘longevity’).

They are responsible for storing something called “JING”! We can think of this as a form of ‘Essence’ - a dynamic aspect of our non-physical living force.

(Connected to) Our ‘QI’ - it is that essence of energy which motivates and moves all of life itself.

The Two Forms of Heavenly JING

There are two types of JING:

One is Pre-Heavenly (that which we are born with) and the other is Post-Heavenly JING (that which we acquire and transform through life).

Pre-Heavenly essence (JING), is one that we are born with!

From the moment of conception it is a part of our ‘pre-Heavenly’ program. That fundamental aspect of our ‘SELF’, our essence that came here to Earth, to live and manifest on this physical Earth plane!

Then we have our Post Heavenly Essence (JING), it is that which is acquired through ‘ingestion’. Through “taking in” aspects that are external to our body (air, water, foods). We transform those through our bodily functions, through the digestion and the assimilation of the foods we eat; through the breath, the air that we breath.

This JING can also be cultivated by taking part in activities such as Qi gong, tai chi, or meditation… these very traditional and ancient practices enable us to cultivate and to contain a build up of Qi energy (which may potentially be 'pooled' as JING) as we practice through the body itself.

There are also foods that are helpful to kidney JING. Foods that contain the ‘essence’ of life itself. Often these are broths - 'bone broths' and 'chicken broths' that hold strong aspects of ‘Qi’ within them.

Chicken Broth fortifies Kidney Jing