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Ten Commandments for Health

  1. Quality of Sleep: your bedroom should be like a temple. Don’t keep electronics in the room like TVs, computers, etc. Do your best to ensure sleep seven to eight hours a night.
  2. Food: consume lots of fruits, vegetables and legumes. Take in probiotics like Kimchi, miso, or other fermented foods.
  3. Exercise: walk every day for at least 30 minutes, and practice yoga, Tai-Chi or Chi Kung to increase flexibility and flow.
  4. Meditation: try 5-20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening.
  5. Preventive Medicine: receive shiatsu, acupuncture or massage at least once every 2 weeks.
  6. Shower: take mildly cold to cold showers. (Brrrrrrrr! But your body will thank you for it!)
  7. Maintain close contact with nature: William Wordsworth described nature as The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul, Of all my moral being.” Get outside and put your toes in the grass, and reconnect with the nature of your being!
  8. Avoid Criticizing Others: Author Byron Katie keeps it simple when she reminds us: “There are only three kinds of business you can be in: God’s business, other people’s business, or your own.” You can only truly know yourself when you’re in your own business.
  9. Foster Good Relationships with Those Around You: Treat others as you would like to be treated. Period.
  10. Positive Thoughts: we become what we think. Focus on what you want and on what you like about your life and not on what you don’t want or don’t like.  “Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.” Thich Nhat Hanh