shízhīxù (時之序)

this expression is used in both classical Chinese literature and modern language to refer to the intrinsic ordering or rhythm (xù (序)) of the timing (shí (時)) of the four seasons — the sìshí (四時). I’ve chosen to render shízhīxù (時之序) in Sùwèn 3 and many other passages of Nèijīng (內經) as the more literal “the rhythm of the timing.” My intention is to decrease the tendency modern people may have to interpret the ‘seasons’ primarily (or solely) in the macrocosm (of a year), rather than also within the microcosm of moments within an individual’s life (see Commentary for Sùwèn 3).

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