"I respect my body and take good care of it"

In Chinese philosophy, taking care of the body is first of all a moral act. Our body does not belong to us, it is "a shape given to us by the sky and the earth" said Tchouang Tseu, an appearance of the 'qi' under its most condensed form; our health depends on the harmonious circulation of this energy through the meridian canals.

Maintaining our body as it was "given" to us is not enough, we must work to optimise all it's potentialities. Body and spirit are intimately bound; by maintaining the first we perfect the second. We must be conscious of this deep unity and feel how beneficial regular physical exercise is for internal equilibrium.