As I look out my window at the winter scene before me, I realize how separated we have become from nature and the seasons that were made for us. We have forgotten that there is a reason winter was created for us.
In traditional Chinese medicine, winter is considered the last of the seasons.
Most of the time people do anything they can to avoid what they perceive of winter – especially the cold. Winter has this perception of nothing to do, and seems to stop you from doing all the things you think you want to do.
That’s why so many plan holidays and festivities with bright lights and parties. Anything to drive away the darkness.
Winter brings darkness. And for many, too much darkness can be a space of fear.
However, winter brings you a gift, too.
To fully understand what the winter season is here to teach you, and really make it part of your life, it’s important to emphasize the yin principle of the yin / yang opposites. The principle of yin has the quality of becoming more receptive and introspective.
When you look outside, it seems there is no life – only cold and frozen stillness.
However, those animals and plants that seem to have no life – they are actually doing the most important part of creation.
They are all looking within, going through the process of finding out more about who they are – manifesting this next stage in their life.
This is where the cold and dark of winter shares its gifts with you. It asks you to drive yourself to seek this inner warmth of the fire of your being.
Embrace this opportunity to focus all your energies on these activities of discovering the depth of who you are.
Winter also offers you a time to rest, to deepen your meditation and prayer practice. This is a time given to you to perceive your spiritual essence and be ready to emerge when the time is right with your new self.
The Inner Classic says, “The forces of winter create cold in Heaven and water on Earth. They create the kidney organ and the bones within the body … the emotion fear, and the ability to make a groaning sound.”
This emotion fear is also related to the element of Water. It is also the most yin of all the elements. It’s the element that causes you to be most reflective – like water – on your inner being.
When Water is out of balance, fear becomes an obstacle to your forward movement. It might manifest as chronic anxiety or as an intense phobia – a feeling of being stuck or trapped. However it appears, it often signifies a deficiency in the Water energy and a corresponding lack of grounding.
And, interestingly, the organs related to the Water Element are the kidneys – the organs most affected by wintertime. The kidneys and urinary bladder are the two organs which rule water metabolism and maintain homeostasis, a dynamic continual rebalancing.
In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are also said to open to the ears, which means that hearing is related to the health of the kidneys.
The ability to listen clearly can be heightened in the stillness of these cold times. It’s that chance to listen to your own voice, without being disturbed and distracted by the bright lights and quick movements of the other seasons – as well as the ways you may find yourself distracting yourself.
The other thing to consider is that sitting right on top of the kidneys are your adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands are the ones that are activated by fear, releasing cortisol to protect you.
This quiet still time is the gift for you to review this fear that may be deeply rooted within you – to listen to your inner voice that wants to guide you. This voice wants to make you aware of these fears and insecurities. This is not to react out of fear.
A little healthy fear protects you. Being aware of the source of the fear so you can make the appropriate forward motion is a good thing.
When excessive, however, it can foster a general insecurity about life. Chinese medicine indicates this may also injure the kidneys.
Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that the kidneys (called the Storehouse of the Vital Essence) operate like a pilot light that can spark light within the entire body, mind, and spirit.
Let me show you the spark within you.
This is when I will take you as your coach, using my education in Nutritional Endocrinology, along with Transpersonal Energy Healing, through your healing journey.
Not only will we consider the foods that might be best to support your kidneys, but we’ll also go through the process of asking questions to see what fears might be trapped or stuck, taking your energies away from the introspection.
When I coach you, I teach you the tools to overcome obstacles and press forward to accomplish your goals in life. I teach you how to practice self-acceptance, take time to listen and recharge, and nurture and nourish yourself inwardly and well.
I want you to keep it going long after we work together – I’m all about empowering you because I already know you have amazing potential that you may not have even noticed in the dark.
I have also created a space where you can take time to grow and expand – a safe space to explore ways to understand the uniqueness of who you are and find contentedness. You will be empowered to move forward into who you are. This involves a healthy development of autonomy, discipline, and integrity. You will find happiness in the honesty and authenticity of this knowledge.
This is a space where you can discover the truth of who you are – your worth comes from the Spirit within you. As you find this value, you will be illuminated with the beauty that is naturally within you.