The haze has made its annual visit to Singapore and the region. This year it is quite intense, causing much concern with its high PSI readings. Conversations are about air purifiers, face masks, and indoor activities, especially with predictions of the haze extending to November because of the current dry spell.
Land clearing by fire in Indonesia is not new and neither is the haze.
There is not much we can do about it, or is there?
First, what can we do to stay healthy?
First – do not panic and keep breathing.
Invest in a good air purifier and if this is out of the budget, a good HEPA filter and a strong fan is all that is needed. You can further diffuse essential oils like eucalyptus and peppermint to assist. Oils like lavender are also recommended to help bring on relaxation, a key part of any wellness strategy in any challenge.
Remember also to drink lots of fluids – good, clean filtered water (sans fluoride) to flush out the toxins and for our cells to properly function, rest well, and take in foods high in vitamins and minerals to support our immune system. This is a good time to have less animal protein, caffeine, and alcohol, and more vegetables and fruits.
Minimizing outdoor activities is helpful, and necessary for those more susceptible to lung challenges or who are already weakened by a compromised or developing immune system such as the elderly and the young. If you do need to be outside, do wear a good mask such as the Vogmask (sold on Amazon and locally in Singapore).
Anything that supports the lungs is helpful at this time. White is associated with the air element so bring in more white foods (not sugar or flour!) – white mushrooms, white asparagus, white fish, as well as eating with the season…Meditation. HeartMath. Yoga. Pranayama. You can see a Medical Herbalist, TCM, Naturopathic Doctor, or an Ayurvedic practitioner for more information and their contraindications on herbs and other supplements. Licorice root, peppermint, thyme, oregano (oil of oregano is great!), and sage are easy to incorporate into the diet.
Lessen the Burdeners
It is important, as Dr Taylor Bean mentioned, to reduce the burdeners – anything that makes our organs work harder. Poor air quality is already a burdener so we can look at where we can lessen the load. As mentioned having a clean diet is great; however, digestion is not only of physical food. Let’s not forget about our emotions and thoughts. Constructively releasing our anger, for example, is important. Holding onto an emotion, event or perceived injustice or hurt is a very common way to block the natural energy flow.
In Jin Shin Jyutsu, we look at five attitudes – worry, fear, anger, sadness, and trying too hard – as blockages to optimal and healthy energy flow. Energy underlies the physical. How to get rid of worry fast? Remember the thumb is associated with worry and then it is index finger – fear, middle finger – anger (surprised?), ring finger – sadness, little finger – trying too hard. F-A-S-T. Simply hold the finger for which the attitude you are most challenged by or hold each one for a few minutes. The benefits are cumulative so even a few minutes, here and there, will add up quickly!
Autumn is Lungs-Colon Season
It is interesting that the haze comes in autumn, the season of Lungs-Colon, which is the time in which these primary meridians and organ function energies and their secondary and related organs are most in focus. If weak, we see more signs and symptoms of the imbalance during these months between the end of the summer and the winter. You can also check the body organ clock to see which part of the day the organs are “in charge.”
Grief, disappointment, sadness, guilt, hurt, and feeling neglected are all associated with the Lung function energy. These feelings may be intensified or may arise from the past at this time of the year, especially as our lungs are challenged by the haze. Instead of re-suppressing them or repressing them, perhaps it is time to sit with them and see their gifts. These are often shadow emotions – how often have we been told not to cry? Or that it’s not a big deal. We want to appear strong because who wants to be hurt and weak? Society certainly doesn’t seem to. And guilt. We all know about guilt. Is it any wonder we have pushed them into the shadow, hoping no one, including ourselves, can see them?
On the flip side, the sinuses (a secondary meridian) are also associated with inspiration. Are we perspiring but not inspiring? Or are we so intellectual, digital or virtual that we are no longer in our body? Muscles, according to Nutripuncture, is a secondary meridian active during this time.
Need help connecting with emotions and changing the way we hold ourselves? Singapore-based Grinberg Method practitioner Nicole Gilg-Geymayer is highly recommended. Flower essences is a great vibrational tool to shift emotions, and there are many to choose from including Bush Flower Essences from Australia and the Bach Flower Essences. If you are ready to work on integrating the shadow, try Siewfan Wong from Gallery Helios.
Besides lungs, we can also look at the Colon. When balanced, we can be good at organizing, without being obsessed with perfectionism or excessive with details. We are able to move forward to allow what is not needed to flow out. Constipation is a physical sign that this is not happening.
If you already have a good air purifier and a good mask and consuming a good diet, perhaps these are some other levels and approaches you may wish to explore. After all, self-knowledge is the not-so-secret secret weapon to being well.
Going Beyond the Symptoms
These are some health tips that work holistically; however with the haze, we are still working on the symptomatic level – the effect of a cause that goes beyond land clearing by fire. Why is this happening? The lands are cleared for new commercial crops, crops that support the farmers financially, and the businesses and the large corporations to which these farmers and their overlords supply. It is the paper we use so wantonly. It is the palm oil that is in so many processed foods. It is this and that, that we the consumers buy, often without thinking about the whole supply chain, which of course remains much invisible to the general public.
What can we do?
We can examine and re-examine our consumer patterns. Research the products and companies (and related companies). We can support the ones which are environmentally-conscious and include other ethical providers and suppliers in their overall strategy.
On yet another level, we can examine why we consume the way we do. What is missing in our lives that drives us to obtain and own so many things and experiences, even if it means it is at the expense of others, including people, animals, plants, and the whole planet at large? What is it that is filling us but not fulfilling us? What is the fear, the sadness, the anger, and all the emotions, experiences, etc that we have disowned and pushed to the shadow? Who are we and who do we want to be? Identity is very much part of the theme during the Lungs-Colon season.
Healing is wholeness.
White light is not the absence of light, but includes the whole spectrum, even if we cannot see them until refracted or reflected. Wholeness does not include only what we have decided or what we have been told are positive qualities, but include all of duality so that it is in their unity that we are one with. We find acceptance, allowance, and peace with all.
For this, let us Ho’oponopono. The haze. The destruction of the earth’s lungs – our trees. The personal and planetary/universal grief, disappointment, guilt, and sorrow. Let us return to zero field and create a different reality.
I Love You.
I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
Because LOVE and GRATITUDE is powerful, as seen by the beautiful ice crystals in the Dr Emoto experiments. Let us heal the haze and let us heal ourselves.