Winter – Our Inward Journey

Winter is the most yin season of all, the time to move inward, into darkness, stillness, and contemplation. As Clarissa Pinkola Estés writes, let what must die, die. There is a season for everything and in every cycle, energy is transformed. So it is with ideas, projects, relationships, and life. 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 Alas what appears to be withdrawn never is, in Spring we rediscover our eternal youth and the maiden within just as Demeter does and just as Persephone embraces the crone within and the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

Shungite is a powerful healing stone. One of its most well-known abilities is purifying water of chlorine, microorganisms, VOCs, and more. Learn how to make Shungite water.

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
According to James Mangan who came up with 100 switch-words, there are four basic types of fear, all of which are a stumbling block to “self-togetherness”, fulfillment of our potential, and the being of joy. Find out the switch-words he suggested for the different permutations of each category of fear.
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.

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?
three spiritual practices from Surivival Guide for the Soul by Ken Shigematsu

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.”

Remedies for the Winter

Naturally Support Your Child's Immune System

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 a naturopathic doctor says.
healthy aging right bag

5 Habits for Healthy Aging

It’s never too late, or too early to get good habits. Here are five habits to start today, from a neurological chiropractor. Enjoy a healthy strong body at 45, 65, and 105
Lemon Juice Recipe for Flu Busting

Flu-Busting Juice

Recipe
Feeling under the weather? Try this flu-busting juice recipe. Delicious, with a punch.

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.
healthy aging right bag

5 Habits for Healthy Aging

It’s never too late, or too early to get good habits. Here are five habits to start today, from a neurological chiropractor. Enjoy a healthy strong body at 45, 65, and 105
acupressure facelift

Acupressure Facelift

Does it Work?
20 days to look younger? That’s Shellie Goldstein’s promise. Find out what this acupressure facelift is about and how well that promise was fulfilled.
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Here’s What to Know About Telomeres and Aging *Better*

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.