Poems about Healthy Living by E. C. Chang
Tr. E. C. Chang
To live forever is but a fool’s dream.
To extend years in life is not as hard as it may seem.
Each person is born with different physical and mental endowments.
It is up to you to perceive each event as a blessing or a misfortune.
Holding grudges all the time hastens the pace of aging.
Feeling despondent can impact your body functioning.
There is no panacea for living healthier and longer.
But you can move your body and calm your mind together.
Qigong exercise can help keep your breathing slow and long.
The hand-swinging exercise can help your mind calm itself down.
The benefits of walking are too numerous to mention.
Try to balance your body with activities and relaxation.
Replace fatty and oily foods with less greasy dishes on your dining table.
Treat foods loaded with sugar as the ferocious animal in your neighbor’s stable.
First drink a glass of water when you get up in the morning.
Keep your intestines free from toxins through water-drinking.
Drinking green tea regularly can be beneficial to your health.
Drinking alcohol, like smoking cigarette, can be harmful as well.
Jealousy keeps your heart burning every day.
Forgiveness can keep revengeful feelings away.
Depression is often resulted from chronically mental fatigue.
It may be caused by repeatedly blaming oneself or feeling guilty.
If you can take a step back toward the other person,
You can neutralize your anger aroused from agitation.
You can add years to your life with a sense of humor.
Indifferent attitudes often keep people away from your quarter.
Keep yourself mentally active every day,
You may actually scare Alzheimer’s away.
Don’t be stubbornly biased or ideologically extreme.
A healthy mind rises by being sincere and genuine.
There is no straight road in your life journey.
But you can always move forward by crossing the bridge.
May your body be like the ever-flowing stream of water!
May your mind be like the green cypress and pine forever!
May you be happy all the time!
May you continue to look young and healthy for a very long time!
早上起床先喝水﹐ 新鮮菜汁紅黃。 香蕉燕麥遠脂糖。 日行三幾里﹐ 甩手靜心房。 閱讀吟詩常動腦﹐ 綠茶蔬果酸湯。 開懷尋樂每天忙。 人生終有盡﹐ 歲月可延長。
Our Time in this world can be extended
Soon after you get up in the morning, drink a full glass of water.
For breakfast, start with a glass of fresh vegetable juice in
red or yellow color.
Then, eat a banana, a bowl of oatmeal, and other
food low in fat and sugar.
Walk a few miles almost every day.
Perform hand-swinging exercise* to keep your stress away.
Chant poetry and read whatever you like.
Do keep your brain fully occupied.
Follow a diet that is loaded with vegetables and fruit.
Enjoy soups that are mixed with vinegar and spices.
Green tea is good for a healthy life.
To enjoy life and to have a fun time,
keep yourself busy from morning till night.
Alas! Our life will, sooner or later, come to an end
But our time in this world can surely be extended.
*A body-mind exercise in which one passively focuses on the movement
of the limbs while swinging the hands back and forth effortlessly. Before long,
one will typically feel a warm sensation in the fingers.
It is hard to walk
carrying a heavy burden.
When the suitcase is empty,
the walking pace can
become lighter and faster.
Old traces may be hidden
but they can be uncovered.
If you leave some new footprints,
they will eventually be discovered.
A person who cheats frequently
will be consumed by his conscience.
One who hurts another with evil intent
will suffer from the feeling of self-blame.
By releasing a burden
of a thousand pounds,
the mind will be at ease and sound.
(Tune: Buddhist Dancers)
The spirit will be good
when the mind is open and clear.
You may feel older
when you are depressed.
Do the best you can,
but don’t impose upon yourself
Show tolerance towards others
without constant complaint.
Use your brain frequently
by engaging in mental activities.
Seek pleasure to combat
Avoiding fatty food and keeping your
whole body active are your daily chores.
Expression of Anger
(Tune: Buddhist Dancers)
Extreme anger is hard
to calm down.
It is not easy to keep it quiet
when emotion is strong.
So, he kicks the chairs and tables.
He throws the wine cups to the floor.
He scolds her indirectly
until his anger has been vented.
To express his emotion,
he feels like a bird
flying in the sky.
To suppress it,
he feels like a poisonous dragon
hidden in his mind.
(Tune: The Beautiful Lady Yu)
Sometimes the outcome may not
turn out to be the way we want.
We should accept it as it is
without undue self-blame.
If we often feel guilty, we will
suppress our chest.
When we are down, we may not
see things clearly.
Life is full of regrets, so don’t make it
difficult for the heart to bear.
Old feelings cannot be washed away
by a river full of water.
So let them flow eastward
with the spring water.
First calm your mind,
then stand up with two feet apart.
Raise your hands slowly until your fingers
pointing toward each other.
Mentally think of a clean current that flows
to your lungs and cavities.
As you lower your hands with loose fingers,
let your 'qi' sink to the ground.
Think of nothing but relaxing your body
and allowing your mind to calm down.
Blood shall not be stagnant if you stand up firmly and avoid a heavy head.
If you do this exercise thirty times every day,
maybe your youthful spirit
will be back one day!
A river full of running water is
devoid of green moss.
Circulation in the universe keeps
all things on the go.
When blood circulates smoothly,
we will also feel good.
When the body is active, we can
cultivate qi too.
Walking and hand-swinging* exercises
can help stretch our tendons and veins.
Deep breathing and meditation
can help counteract sorrowful thoughts and pains.
We can slow down the aging process by
keeping our mind natural and unrestrained.
Enjoying a free and leisurely life,
diseases will be slow to come back alive.