Winter is the most yin season of all, the time to move inward, into darkness, stillness, and contemplation. Yin is the night, moon, being receptive. Yin and Yang are dynamic, flowing… everything is relational. In our modern world, we see and experience disproportionately more yang and this imbalance is manifest in many ways, including our relationship with ourselves, our well-being, and the way “the world works”.
There is a season for everything and in every cycle, energy is transformed. So it is with ideas, projects, relationships, and life. Winter is another season, of allowing what must die to die. This is a challenging concept and experience for many people for most of us have an existential fear. About becoming no-one. Who am I, if my ego is dissolved? Who am I, if I’m not all these titles/labels, accomplishments, trauma, people I have attached myself to?
Death can come in many ways, not just physically. We die many deaths each day, on the cellular level. We also die to old beliefs, ineffective ways of thinking and being.
So we travel to the Underworld, as Persephone does each Winter, to emerge again in the Spring. We withdraw from activity, the yang. Perhaps we sit by the fire to enjoy a mug of hot cider or a bowl of stew. This is a natural slowing down, with the earlier descending of darkness and the later rising of the sun. Of course we do not cease completely – even within yin there is yang – and this is the archetype of season and cycles. Ideas still get birthed though it is in stillness of the mind, undistracted by the noise in the mundane world, that ideas become accessible for lightning speed downloads.
Darkness, stillness, silence – these may appear to the antithesis of modern living. These metaphors and spaces of the tomb and womb are for deep regeneration. A pause, contemplation, leaving a field fallow allows for a shift.
As the leaves fall in the Autumn, we too remember to let go. As the winter appears barren, we remember that sometimes we must be stripped bare to be reborn. Alas what appears to be withdrawn never is, in Spring we rediscover our eternal youth and the maiden within just as Demeter does and just as Persephone embraces the crone within and the darkness of the Underworld, we too unveil the wisdom that lies in all of us. We sit by our inner sun, as we sit by the fire to enjoy the gifts of the season.
This is the Kidney-Bladder season. Here we find correspondences with the colour blue-black, water, the emotion/attitude of fear …
The Water Element
How to Flow with Life
The Water Archetype
Acupressure for Emotional Health
The Ring of Water
Energy Medicine : Dr Emoto’s Research Shows How it Works
Words Have Power : The Apple Experiment
Kidney & Bladder
Nourishing the Kidneys
4 Kinds of Fear
What to Do
Why Jing is King and Queen
Understanding Our Essence
The Connection Between the Adrenals & Thyroid
Here’s What to Know About Telomeres
& “Better” Aging
Healing Family Wound Patterns
The Space Within
Finding Your Way Home
Calling for More Health for Our Health
3 Spiritual Practices for Everyone
Healing & Curing
What’s the difference?
The World Comes to You
Michael Stone Wisdom
Japanese Zen Archery : The Meditative Art of Kyūdō
SAD : A Different Perspective on Seasonal Symptoms
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects many people. Is the reduction in sunlight the reason? Here is another perspective to consider.
Winter Soul Foods
Potatoes & Carrots for Good Health
As the weather cools, what we harvest also changes. It’s time for root veggies, including potatoes and carrots. Here’s how they are good for our health.
The Seasons & Diet
Staying Light & Lighthearted Over the Holidays
Simple tips to keep your digestive system jolly through the holiday season.
Remedies for the Winter
The Common Cold
When your child comes down with a cold, there are many ways to naturally support your child’s immune system. Here’s what Naturopathic Doctor Taylor Bean says.