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Many black foods strengthen the kidneys and should be added to the diet in the winter months.(123RF)
Many black foods strengthen the kidneys and should be added to the diet in the winter months.(123RF)
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文章一:The Winter Season

Winter is the season associated with the kidneys, the color black, and the emotion of fear. Winter is the height of yin energies, and even though it seems like a time of death, decay, and inactivity, it's a season that's very active—just deep, deep beneath the surface in preparation for the regenerative activities of spring.

Winter is a season of consolidation, gathering energies and pulling them inward. Winter is the time of year to go to bed early and sleep later, profiting from the healing, restorative energies sleep offers us. In winter, we eat fewer fresh foods as they are no longer available and eat more preserved foods we have prepared during the summer and fall. Eating warming foods, especially hearty soups and stews, will help build our yang and counteract the cold.

Our energies should turn inward in winter. In Eastern medicine, the kidneys are the source of our fundamental energy. We should spend quiet time reading, writing, or meditating to strengthen our bodies and spirits. Keeping warm, especially our lower backs where our kidneys reside, is especially important, as they are the source of all our qi. Many black foods strengthen the kidneys and should be added to the diet in the winter months.

(文章來源:英文大紀元時報)

想一想

1. 根據本文所述,冬季適合從事的活動裡,下面哪一個文章沒有提及?
(A)多閱讀和打坐(B)多吃黑色食物(C)多吃新鮮的食物(D)早睡晚起

2. 根據本文,人身體的根本能量或氣(qi)的來源,是在哪一個部位?

3. 冬季時節,您會做些什麼特別的活動來保養自己或家人的健康嗎?試分享之。

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1. (C)
2. kidneys(腎臟)

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文章二:When Every Item Has a Home

Keeping a clutter-free home is not a simple task, especially with loveable, but less-than-tidy children running around all day. But there are habits you can commit to that encourage everyone in your family to see the benefits of returning items back to their homes.

Keeping a clutter-free home is not a simple task, especially with loveable, but less-than-tidy children running around all day.(123RF)Keeping a clutter-free home is not a simple task, especially with loveable, but less-than-tidy children running around all day.(123RF)

Find a home for everything. 

Commit to finding a home for every item in your home. Start with your common "dumping zones" (where items usually end up creating clutter). Find a logical, easy to remember home for those items. 

Teach your kids to return items. 

Teaching our kids that every item has a home and encouraging them to clean up after themselves is a simple way that reduces a lot of clutter from toys, dirty clothes, and shoes.

Store items in convenient places. 

When an item's home is inconvenient or too challenging to get to, I'm likely to make an excuse and toss it into the common dumping zone

Decrease when needed.

If the convenient home has reached its capacity of storage, this is a good reason to decrease so you're not overwhelmed and overloaded. 

想一想

1. 根據本文,讓每件物品找到屬於它們的家,主要用意何在?

(A)教導小孩物歸原處 (B)減少不必要的花費 (C)維持讓家裡整齊的撇步(D)容易記得東西存放在哪裡

2. 根據本文,為何我們會在家裡的某個區塊,開始堆放雜物?

3. 您也有堆放東西的習慣嗎?您有想過為什麼嗎?或是您習慣將東西都收放妥當,好處在哪?試分享個別情況。

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1. (C)

2. When an item's home is inconvenient or too challenging to get to.(當存放該項物品的家/地方不方便或太困難拿取時。)

(文章來源:英文大紀元時報)◇