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Appreciating the life we have will lead to better times ahead

Do you separate work from pleasure? You don't have to if you follow the Chinese body clock, psychotherapist and acupuncturist Gerad Kite tells Arlene Harris

Telling us to listen to ourselves may be taken the wrong way - but there is a huge difference between saying 'would you listen to yourself' and 'take the time to listen to yourself'.

This is what psychotherapist and acupuncturist Gerad Kite urges us to do - he maintains that by taking stock of ourselves and really hearing what is going on inside our minds and bodies, we can make our lives a whole lot better and a lot less stressful.

The UK self-help expert says his new book Everything You Need, You Have can help teach people the art of understanding themselves and appreciating all the good they have in their lives.

"We need to listen to what our body needs, so we are in alignment with the greater forces of nature and not going against the flow," he explains. "We should aim to spend more time being silent and still and appreciating what we already have, rather than chasing the next best thing."

Finding our inner calm can also help us to feel less stressed, tired and emotional says Kite, who says we should divide our daily functions into different time slots which relate to various parts of the body.

He recommends using the Chinese Clock which demonstrates the 'right' time for certain functions based on our relationship with the earth and the sun.

"In the same way that we know to plant seeds in the spring, the Chinese clock tells us for example, when to eat our biggest meal (breakfast) and when to do certain things within a daily 24-hour period.

"Each 24-hour circuit is cumulative, so adherence to the clock on a regular basis builds our capacity to be well and stay in sync with nature through the power of living a balanced life."

The Chinese Clock:

• 3am to 5am - Early stirring and gentle breathing - Lungs

• 5am to 7am - Rising and defecating - Large intestine

• 7am to 9am - Healthy eating - Stomach

• 9am to 11am - Thinking and working - Spleen

• 11am to 1pm - Meeting, talking and eating - Heart

• 1pm to 3pm - Sorting and organising - Small intestine

• 3pm to 5pm - Storing and reserving - Bladder

• 5pm to 7pm - Driving and consolidating - Kidney

• 7pm to 9pm - Socialising and flirting - Circulation/sex

• 9pm to 11pm - Relaxing and chilling - Three heater (inner body thermostat)

• 11pm to 1pm - Sleeping and regenerating - Gall bladder

• 1am to 3am - Deep resting and dreaming - Liver

Gerad Kite's Everything You Need, You Have costs (£7.49) and is available at bookstores and from

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