With the holidays behind us, and winter officially here, it’s a good time to reflect on what this season offers us from the perceptive of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We will look also at the groundwork for sustainable change in this coming year 2013.
Traditional Chinese Medicine offers guidelines on how to enhance Health and Wellness.
In TCM, every season energetically influences specific organs, emotions, foods, and healing principles. Winter is ruled by the water element, which is associated with the kidneys, bladder, and adrenal glands. Therefore, during the winter strengthening the kidneys, bladder, adrenals, and building and conserving our strength is essential. The kidneys are considered to be the “gate of life”, they store our essence, regulate reproduction, development, and fluid distribution. Our longevity is directly related to the health of our kidneys. Fear is the emotion of the kidneys in TCM. It is associated with the color black, ears, and salty flavor.
Winter is a time of gentle celebration where TCM emphasizes nutritious and warming food and family connection.
Winter is a time when many people like to reduce their activity. If that’s true for you, it’s wise to reduce the amount of food you eat to avoid gaining weight unnecessarily. Avoid raw foods as much as possible, as they tend to cool the body and can deplete the digestive fire. During winter eat warming food such a soups and stews, root vegetables, beans, miso, and seaweed. Warming spices such as cinnamon, ginger, garlic, and cardamom are wonderful additions to winter recipes. In general, grains, seeds and nuts are also good for winter.
Foods that benefit the kidneys in winter include sweet potatoes, kidney beans, squid, millet, sesame seeds, and lamb.
Please refer also to the January 2012 article on my website for additional winter health tips.
TCM promotes keeping life simple and avoiding excessive lifestyles in winter. The energy of winter is all about going within, and preparing for the change and growth of spring. While sleeping longer, resting, restoring, and revitalizing our kidneys’ energy, we also need to take time to look deeply into our fears.
One of the major internal causes of disease in TCM is when the emotional responses to a situation are out of normal proportion, and if not resolved can become a chronic illness. Fear is not a pleasant subject that we usually talk about, and yet, most of us have organize much of our lives around fears, from our relationships to our occupation to the way we dress, and live. This subject is vast and deep; therefore we will dedicate the next article to continuing exploration of the anatomy of fear, and how to reduce fear and increase trust.
Our world, our future, all that we have known is now changing. It seems that everything is rising out of the muck and being exposed for all to see. The war in Afghanistan, the economy, global warming, and so many haunting situations we are witnessing are causing legitimate depression, paralysing fear, and anger. Yet one of the most important things we can do is to keep our head grounded in our heart.
From the law of attraction, living in fear will bring more fear. So it is time to gather our courage and to keep choosing healthier solutions beyond the fear as we look deep within and continue to live from a place of true knowledge and wisdom.
Without the eyes and mind of the heart we will not be able to see, to think, to feel and to know the innovative and creative ways in which we can restructure our individual and global existence.
I invite all of us to create a space that is pure and fresh for this coming 2013. Each of us is needed today as we work together, combining our gifts and talents. The tools that we have at our disposal, and the knowledge that we possess are the spiritual gifts that we must give back now at this crucial moment in human history.
Here are some suggestions for reducing fears, creating sustainable change, and uplifting humanity.
- Identify the cost of staying frozen with fear, and how much of your life is organized around fear. Watch carefully the sequence of events which flow spontaneously from the well know emotional state of fear.
- Dissolve old beliefs of fear with psychotherapeutic alternative medicine.
- Seek supporting resources where you may find your solitary journey transformed to a rich, and joyous relationship with others.
- Explore and start living from the knowledge of the “new science” paradigm. (Visit my website for more information on this subject.)
- Drop deeper into your bodies and fall in love with yourself. Reconnect and be recharged by Mother Nature.
- Develop a co-creative partnership with your Essential Self – a sacred relationship with your Soul.
- Spend quiet time listening to your heart, asking for clarity about your life purpose. Then take inventory, andreview your own standard, inner policies, processes, rules, and values by which you live your life.
- Determine where you want to express your vision and brilliance. Shape your vision into a clear strategic action, and align your mind, body and soul with your vision.
- Dedicate time to the common good, compassion, fairness, long-term sustainability, and the spirit of community.
- Dream, imagine a world where there are proven techniques for resolving violence and conflicts peacefully. Imagine a world where you can be and stay healthy. Dream the possible! Dream of a peaceful and loving world.
My wish for 2013 is for all of us to realize our natural state of Being, which is Love. Love is our perfection.
We are creatures of Love, created of love by love, and we are here on this beautiful planet to express this purpose. May the true wisdom of our heart be our guidance in this incredible journey of opening up to a new level of personal and global consciousness.
Have a Great Healthy, Peaceful, and Prosperous New Year!