Getting Ready for Winter
It’s early December and Winter is already making its energetic appearance. Cold has begun to set in. Most leaves are gone from the trees. Days are short.
The old wisdom in Oriental thinking is that 21 days before the Solstice or Equinox the seasonal energy begins to change. The passing season wanes as the coming season waxes - energy swirls.
Long leafless fingers / Scrape the sky / Reaching for windblown clouds — Lao Xian
This ‘swirling’ of the seasonal energy is beginning much earlier these days, and is being felt by many more than just those who are usually sensitive to such changes. In the Pacific Northwest we started feeling the beginnings of winter in November.
Because the energy of the seasons is much stronger these days, our organs (each of which is associated with a particular season) have to work harder; as a result, each is much more depleted by the end of its season. This can make us more vulnerable to illness unless we do what’s needed to bring the organs back into balance.
‘Rebalancing’ the energy, or ‘Chi,’ of the organs is what Oriental Medicine does so well.
Water is the element of Winter—the energetic force that governs the health and functionality of your kidneys and urinary bladder.
Staying Healthy in Winter
‘Preventing’ illness, and other health problems, is always easier than having to ‘fix’ them once they’ve taken hold.
Remember the wisdom that says: “To everything there is a season ...”; and when that ‘thing’ is your health, it’s wise to pay attention to the rhythm of the time.
So keep in mind that Winter is a time of slowness. And Cold and Dark are powerful aspects of Winter which we need to pay attention to and respect.