Temper the Resilience

Resilience is armor against the changes in life that wear us out.   Life is neverending change so we need ever lasting qualities that help us continually adapt and progress rather than be beaten down.

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Moonset at our Florida house.  Here is why I often write, sitting outside at dawn, while watching the moon.

This is Part IV in a series about the 13 qualities of resilience.  See links to Parts I through III below.

A cool temperament is one of the foundations of resilience.  A temperamental style that is fluid and easy, as opposed to erratic and brittle, acts as a facilitator of social involvement, adaptability, coping, belonging, and resilience.

The world is heating up literally and figuratively.   More and more of our lives are directed by hotheads.  We need to remain chilled and stay cool.

Ayurved, the Indian science of life and the Andean shamanic wisdom look at health as a balance between three physical elements, motion (air), material (water) and digestion (fire).  Both (late night news and Tabasco) should be avoided.

Reducing fire in a heated world is beneficial for health because fire rules digestion.  When out of balance, we do not digest any information correctly, whether we get it it from what we eat, feel, hear, smell or see.  Watching the fiery news at 10pm gives us as much (or more indigestion) as a hot meal covered in Tabasco.

Fire also rules beauty because its imbalances are reduced by the body through the skin.  Too much fire creates rashes, acne, blemishes, poor skin luster, dull hair and much more.  The fire reducing trick below not only enhance health, but also help clear your skin and make it glow.

Here is a trick that can help you reduce the fire.  Instead of watching TV at night, try Moonbathing.  This can be romantic as well as healthy. 

Often when the sun sets in lavender glory, Merri and I take a walk in the cool evening air.  We’ll hike into the woods, start a camp fire to warm the cool night air… and listen to the katydids as we bathe in moonbeams.


Merri and our son, Jake, during a moonbath.  This is cool… and cooling.

We soaked in the moon’s creamy reflections filtered through the forest.  Then we stroll in the moonlight back to the house glowing its welcome in the night.


Our Blue Ridge front porch at night.

This may sound even crazier than eating watermelon for good health, but try it.  I find the moonlight to be not only beautiful but calming.

The foundations of this idea… though less romantic than the pure beauty of moonlight are imbedded in both ancient and modern scientific terms.

Moonlight impacts the area of the body called, in Ayurved, the crown chakra.   The Andean indigenous wisdom acknowledges this area at the top of the head as a key to balancing all the Rios de Luce (Rivers of Light) or main energy processing points in the body.

This center is located in the top of the head, is associated with the brain, and the entire nervous system.

The subtle frequency of moonlight is soothing and calming… which helps mitigate fire imbalances.

The crown chakra is said to affect what one experiences when in the deepest part of their being, as a point of consciousness glowing with intelligence called “White Light”.

Metaphysically, this is considered the most subtle element of which the entire physical universe is created.

This fits nicely with a science if we view the endocrine system as a series of frequency receptors.

The crown chakra is believed to regulate the pineal gland which connects the endocrine system with the nervous system and converts nerve signals from the sympathetic system of the peripheral nervous system into hormone signals.

The pineal is involved in several functions of the body including, secretion of melatonin and conversion of nervous system signals into endocrine signals.

The popular science website has an article entitled “Moonlight Magic” (1) by Alan M. Petrillo that  tells how a successful businessman spent $2 million to build a 50-foot-tall moonlight collector, a 30-ton array of mirrors called the Interstellar Light Collector and invited scientists nationwide to put his device to the test.

The article says: Biologists at the University of Arizona have expressed interest in using the collector to study moonlight´s effects on plant growth cycles but not yet on people. If nothing else, the collector offers a unique research opportunity.

Although moonlight is reflected sunlight, its frequency and spectrum are unique and, so far, irreplicable, which makes it difficult to examine in a controlled, clinical fashion. “It´s a hot area to understand the spectral effects of light on human health and physiology,”  says Michael Gorman, a University of California at San Diego Biopsychologist who has studied how hamsters react to light.

However, we choose to view it… romantically as the soft glow that washes a moonlit path… as an ancient wisdom or a scientific reaction in the pineal gland.

Moonbaths can help cool us and balance our fire, water, air equilibrium.


(1)  Popular Science: Moonglow

Part I – II and III looked at three factors of resilience.   You can read Part I at  The Joys and Necessities of Taking Risk.

Part II Make America Happy Again.

Part Three The Benefit of Self Awareness.


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