“The wise nourish life by flowing with the four seasons and adapting to cold or heat by harmonizing joy and anger in a tranquil dwelling, by balancing yin and yang ….. So it is that dissolute evil cannot reach the man of wisdom, and he will be witness to a long life.”
–Huangdi Neijing Suwen
This quote is taken from Traditional Chinese Medicine Classics. In the season of winter the associations are:
Nature: yin (slow moving, inward energy)
Organs: kidney, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, ears, hair
Emotion: fear and depression
Kidney energy is important for maintenance of vitality and to prevent premature aging. It also governs energy reserves which allow adaptation to life’s constant changes.
In our present-day world, multitasking and constant stress are common occurrences. These conditions break down kidney energy creating exhaustion and a predisposition to hypertension. A major life challenge for all of us is adapting to change and maintaining body-mind balance.
Things you can do to maintain balance are:
- Manage your to-do list
- Get plenty of rest
- Find ways to relax on a daily basis,( i.e. deep breathing, yoga, meditation)
- Eat warming foods (cooked) and local fruits and vegetables