One simple tip to improve digestion

digestionPause before you eat.

Digestion takes energy. When our energy is scattered, it is difficult to accomplish any task. Digestion is no different.
The Spleen is the center of energy that drives digestion from the Chinese medical perspective. The Spleen appreciates a little peace and quiet in order to properly manage digestion.
One very simple technique to support the Spleen energy, and therefore digestion, is to simply take three breaths before you begin eating. This will give your system a moment to transition and prepare for digestion. This pause allows all parts of your body and mind to catch up with each other. You will be more present with yourself and your meal, and as a little bonus you might just enjoy your meal a little more than usual.
If you are in habit of saying a prayer or blessing before your meal, try pausing for these three breaths prior your prayer.
What’s the icing on the cake? Also pause for three breaths after you finish eating and before your next activity. Try it out for a few days and observe your experience. Let your experience be your best teacher.

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. laxman on September 23, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Please tell me how to remove the excess heat in my body .

    • Cindy Black on September 24, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Hi- I don’t have short answers, I have classes that explain the whole picture 🙂 Please have a look at the school website by using this link

  2. Buddy merritt on November 12, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I really enjoy reading all of your messages. I am trying to make time to learn more.
    I have a pretty bad immune inflammation of my joints that has led to surgeries on both hands.
    I have been tested for allergies (not food sensitivities) and all was negative.
    I know something triggers my inflammation and reading and listening to your information seems very helpful.
    Thanks so much

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT on November 12, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Hi Buddy,
      I am happy to be a resource for your learning.
      I hope you find your way toward balance… I know it can be long road, but you are well worth your effort to find what will work for you.

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