Winter – Our Inward Journey

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 Alas what appears to be withdrawn never is, in Spring we rediscover our eternal youth and the maiden within just as Demeter does and just as Persephone embraces the crone within and the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 …

Water

The Water Element

The Water Element

How to Flow with Life
Explore the Water Element to discover the interconnectedness in life and how we can tap into our potential by harmonizing, activating, and energizing the Water Element.
Water Archetype

The Water Archetype

Understanding your archetype can give you powerful insights and tools to support your constitution. Find out some ways to support Water with acupressure.
making Shungite Water

Shungite Water

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The Ring of Water

Acupressure for Emotional Health

The Ring of Water
One of the five Sacred Rings, the Ring of Water helps with edema, congested heart failure, and movement of bodily fluids. Learn how to find the Ring of Water acupuncture
points.
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Kidney & Bladder

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Nourishing the Kidneys

For Longevity
The Kidneys in Chinese Medicine goes beyond its physicality. They store our essence and nourishing the kidneys is essential for longevity.
Four Kinds of Fear as told by James Mangan

4 Kinds of Fear

What to Do
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Why Jing is the King About our Essence

Why Jing is King and Queen

Understanding Our Essence
Explore the Water Element to discover the interconnectedness in life and how we can tap into our potential by harmonizing, activating, and energizing the Water Element.
Adrenals and Thyroid

The Connection Between the Adrenals & Thyroid

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Here’s What to Know About Telomeres

& “Better” Aging
Research shows that our cells are “listening”. How we live, how we think, what we eat – it all matters. Here’s the latest on telomeres and aging better. Check out the key takeaways to make better lifestyle choices.
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Ancestral Medicine

Healing Family Wound Patterns
We inherit much more than eye colour from our parents and ancestors. Have you thought where some family wound patterns may arise from? How can we go to the source and heal the trauma and disruption there?

Inner Space

space-within-michael-neill

The Space Within

Finding Your Way Home
Michael Neill writes about the way home by going inward and synchronizing with the universal mind.
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Soundscape Medicine

Calling for More Health for Our Health
Our world is a noisy place. Man-made sounds dominate most people’s lives. How is this affecting our health?
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3 Spiritual Practices for Everyone

In his second book, Survival Guide for the Soul, Ken Shigematsu shares spiritual practices for everyone so that we can “flourish spiritually in a world that pressures us to achieve.”
healing and curing

Healing & Curing

What’s the difference?
The difference between healing and curing is more than semantics. Knowing what each means can switch up how we think about disease, well-being, and life in general.
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The World Comes to You

Michael Stone Wisdom
This collection of writings by prominent Buddhist teacher and yogi Michael Stone is part of his legacy to us. This small book informs and inspires.
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SAD : A Different Perspective on Seasonal Symptoms

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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

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Flu-Busting Juice

Recipe
Feeling under the weather? Try this flu-busting juice recipe. Delicious, with a punch.
Staying Light and LightHearted over the Holidays

Staying Light & Lighthearted Over the Holidays

Simple tips to keep your digestive system jolly through the holiday season.

Remedies for the Winter

Naturally Support Your Child's Immune System

The Common Cold

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5 Spices in a Naturopath’s Kitchen

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Reframing Aging

Your Real Age

What’s Your Real Age?

There’s your chronological age and then there’s your real age, your biological age, which is informed not by when you were born. Take the RealAge© Test and find out more.
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5 Habits for Healthy Aging

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Acupressure Facelift

Does it Work?
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Travelling?

Travel Well This Holiday Season

Measure High on Self-Preservation? Here’s What to Pack

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Jet Lag? Here’s What to Do

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The Ultimate Packing List For a Healthy Trip

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