Season’s Greetings to All!
As we begin the month of December, we are entering into the “hustle and bustle” of the holiday season. Remember to slow down and reflect on what the holiday season really means to you and begin to prepare for the start of the New Year. December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and the official beginning of the Winter season. Don’t forget to come in and get your Seasonal Acupuncture on Saturday December 20th from 9-6pm. These treatments help align your energy with the season- giving your immune system a big boost- very important as we head into cold/flu season!
In Chinese medicine the winter months are a time to re-charge, re-view, make plans and replenish our personal “reserves” so that when the weather warms- we are ready to “Spring Forward” and put our plans into action! The Chinese New Year actually falls in the springtime- reflecting the beginning of the cycle of life.
Wintertime, in Chinese Medicine’s Five Element Cycle, is connected to the element of Water. This is the time of year when the energies are moving inward, the most “yin” time of the year, where we must conserve our energy and rest to be in harmony with the season. The winter months are a time to recharge, reflect, review, make plans and replenish our personal “reserves “, as we prepare for the fresh new energy of spring.
The organs in the body that are most affected are the kidneys, adrenal glands and the urinary bladder. Typically during this time of year, issues such as kidney stones, bladder infections, and adrenal fatigue will become more pronounced.
The emotion connected to the water element is “fear”. When there is darkness we cannot see clearly, often resulting in fear of the unknown. Therefore it is quite common for people to feel more anxiety during this time of year. Resting, breathing deeply, hydrating and reducing sugar consumption will go a long way towards preserving your health!
What are the true gifts that you bring to every moment of your life? Which of these gifts are you remembering to pass on to others? We must all remember to be the “gift” that we truly are and to appreciate all the other amazing “gifts” in our lives!
Join us this month in celebration of the season- let’s look for the abundant opportunities that present themselves to generously gift people with our love, time, compassion, kindness and hugs! Take the time to appreciate family & friends!
Wishing you much Joy, Love & Light!