Digesting new ideas is just like digesting a new meal.
Let’s talk about how the spleen’s energy supports learning.
First, we cut it up into bite-sized chunks, then we chew for a while and then we swallow. What happens after we swallow our food is a bit of mystery, yet we trust the process.
Learning something new is the same process, only a little different.
First, we break down the whole subject into smaller “digestible” bits, then we digest it by thinking and talking about it, and then we trust that our brain will figure out the rest. The final integration and connection of the new information with the old is a bit of mystery, yet we trust the process.
Classical Chinese Medicine has always recognized the connection between digesting food and digesting life.
The Spleen Organ System supplies the energy for both aspects of digestion.
To practically apply this theory, be sure to support your spleen when you are taking on a new learning project and/or engaged in deep thinking for work or creativity. This is easily done by separating your thinking time from your eating time. Since the spleen supplies the energy for both, when you separate eating from learning or heavy thinking, you maximize the power of the spleen for each endeavor.
As the ancient Zen saying goes: “Eat when you eat, work when you work.”