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What is the western equivalent to chi?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24639points) January 31st, 2023

Just wondering how to discuss with my doctor or psychologist on how to improve.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I think the closest we have in the West would be to talk about spirit or soul.

The Eastern idea of chi doesn’t exactly translate as spirit or soul, but it’s close. I think of chi as life force.

smudges's avatar

As the Taoist concept of chi crossed over into the West in recent years, a Western word was coined to describe it. Since chi has a number of properties that seem similar to those of electrical energy, it is sometimes called bio-energy.

https://people.howstuffworks.com/taoism-and-chi.htm#:~:text=As%20the%20Taoist%20concept%20of%20chi%20crossed%20over,of%20electrical%20energy%2C%20it%20is%20sometimes%20called%20bio-energy.

Caravanfan's avatar

There is no such thing.

LostInParadise's avatar

Energy flow, life force Link

LuckyGuy's avatar

I would call it your VO₂ Max.

“VO₂ max is the maximum (max) rate (V) of oxygen (O₂) your body is able to use during exercise.
Oxygen is a critical ingredient in the respiratory process that’s involved in breathing. As you breathe in oxygen, your lungs absorb and turn it into energy called adenosine triphosphate ATP.
ATP powers your cells and helps release the carbon dioxide (CO₂) that’s created during your respiratory process when you exhale.

The greater your VO₂ max, the more oxygen your body can consume, and the more effectively your body can use that oxygen to generate the maximum amount of ATP energy.

kritiper's avatar

Think positive! BE positive!!

RocketGuy's avatar

The Force

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