“When the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten.
When the belt fits, the belly is forgotten.
When the heart is right, ‘for’ and ‘against’ are forgotten”
– Chuang Tzu
Most people think of Chinese herbology as a system of medicine but it’s roots are in the Taoist philosophy of the Three Treasures—Jing, Chi and Shen. The body is made up of these three distinct energies and health is best experienced when they are in balance.
While Jing and Chi have more of a relation to the physical aspects of the body, Shen roughly translates as spirit, our emotional well-being. Humans are said to be born with an infinite amount of Shen and it’s our job to tap into it or release it from its cage of human experience.
Shen is associated with the emotional heart and is considered the primary treasure of the three. Having great Shen helps conserve the energies of Jing and Chi.
In modern terms, great Shen means an open heart and stress free attitude toward life. Conserving Jing and Chi means you don’t lose your adrenal energy due to high stress and poor diet.
When the heart is right the body relaxes and homeostasis does it’s job of regulating energy and keeping you healthy. Dealing with stress is so much more than reducing the hormone cortisol. This is why we make the formulas Inner Peace and TianChi. It’s all about heart opening, rebuilding and restoring energy and feeling happy. Who doesn’t need a little bit of that?