1. To let is but another important mental task. Our repressed and suppressed emotions deposit in our bones, skin, tendons, muscles, and channels, damaging our kidneys, lungs, liver, spleen, and heart within one year. We keep grudges and hold onto the figures of those who "wronged me" or "whom I wronged." Those are the figures that, along with emotions attached to them, our minds suppress or repress (bury within ourselves), and our body translates them into physical retentive diseases of excess, like cancer or lupus.

Therefore, starting today — "let them all go and leave you forever, by one wink of an eye."

2. "Stay active through the light and passive through the night" literally means that during the daylight we should act, move, dance, and exercise, while after dark we must slow down and rest, as the so-called Yang (energy-heat force) dominates everything in nature in the light, while Yin (calmness-cold force) reigns in the dark. Alas, this is the Law of Life that for our lives we must obey.

3. Meditative Moment. Our lives should be like the way Japanese Samurai, gazing for some time at a blossoming branch of Sakura, pronounce the sound "Ye," meaning "perfection that cannot be surpassed." For life is but a meditative moment, yet in the haste of every day’s pace, we remove our mind, spirit, and body away from this moment, this force that gives us balance within ourselves and inexorable love for living.

4. Soul, spirit, intellect, and will are attached respectively to our liver, heart, lungs, spleen, and kidneys, where our ultimate health is harnessed. Therefore in our daily activities and meditations we must develop and cherish these five most important faculties of life, to which powers of love, determination, constancy, patience, knowledge, endurance, and perseverance are forever knit with the most indissoluble ties.

5. Live today, not yesterday, not tomorrow, for tomorrow is a promise to no one, and yesterday cannot be returned, what’s done is done. What must be done is done with your effort and your will when they consort with the will of universal consciousness.

As Prince Hamlet told his mother, "Repent what’s past, avoid what is to come, and do not spread the compost on the weeds to make them ranker."

Dwelling in yesterday inevitably breeds stagnation – blood and energy stasis within our bodies – while dwelling in the future with hopes and expectations unfulfilled dashes stressful contagion and profound disappointment that further damages our health. Thus, those who say: "Live today, as if it were the last day of your life" actually are rather sagacious. I would gently modify it however: Live today as the only day of your life and do all you can to make it most beautiful.

Alexander Kanevsky MD specializes in natural integrative medicine, traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, Tibetan, and Western medicine, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. To find out more about Dr. Kanevsky visit www.DrAlexanderKanevskyMDNaturalHealer.com or call 609-613-0225.

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