In Asian medicine (Chinese medicine) Winter’s energetic nature is one of quiet, calm and stillness. It’s an ideal time for deep introspection, rest and restoration. It’s a fine season to spend quality time with friends and family in joy, yet we may often overdo it and find ourselves too busy and anxious. Here are a few tips to help you harmonize with the season and reap the rewards of winter.
Meditation is the activity that can best reconnect us to our deepest selves. It is truly the most profound way to create inner peace and harmony. It allows us to pull away from habituated emotions and thoughts and allows Qi to flow promoting healing. The benefits of meditation are innumerable and it is truly one of the most profound ways to help strengthen the Kidneys and overall well being. One of the common complaints I hear from clients about meditation is actually a fear of sitting still. Interesting–the emotion that damages the Kidneys is fear–however, sitting peacefully and breathing deeply isn’t something we should fear. If you’ve never learned to meditation you may want to seek out a class or teacher who can help you get started. My general recommendation for those starting, is to pick a time of day (preferably the same time everyday) where they can sit for 15 minutes. Just sit up straight, close your eyes, soften your breath and be still. Don’t worry about the emotions and thoughts that float in an out of your being. Consider them like the weather–you can notice them, but you need not act on them. Just sit. After a few weeks, bump it up by another 5-10 minutes. I recommend 30 minutes to an hour a day for meditation. Although 15 minutes […]