WINTER: the season of Reflection and Rest (the bladder + kidneys)
We are forever in a state of flow and fluidity. As the seasons flux, we are offered opportunities to choose to morph in positive ways. What we focus on, or how we balance can differ in regards to the season.
"Winter teaches us that the only way to fully enjoy the powers of the season is to surrender to it and learn from what it has to offer us. In winter the earth lies fallow; nature appears frozen and dead. In this deep stillness of nature, winter calls us to look into our depths, to reconnect to our inner being, to befriend the darkness within us and around us. In winter—like the seeds that are beginning their metamorphosis and starting to manifest their destiny in the deep recesses of the earth—all of our energies are being called to examine the depths of our being." - five element healing
CONSIDER: In the wintertime, the YIN or inward and still nature of things, is dominant. The kidneys are the deepest of organs, resting closest to the spine. There is a quiet that amplifies all sound. What do you hear, both externally and internally? Where do you find a sense of inner stillness? When there, what do you see?
ELEMENT: WATER. Water is the most YIN of all elements, the most yielding. It morphs form, yields to resistance, and takes the path of ease around any obstacles. The body is made up of a great percentage of water.
The winter is a positive time to practice containing that element in a warm and fluid state. Warm differs from HOT, as any practice of sweating reduces your stores of warmth. Warmth represents temperance, balance, and nourishment. Warmth encourages fluidity to free up any frozen qualities in the state of body or mind.
POTENTIAL: Can I Get a Witness?! Because winter is a very positive time for a practice of WITNESSING. Look out, look in. Aware and always kind, see what you see from a place you can observe in clear ease. If it becomes clouded or dizzying, find the clear space again and again. This is a deceptively nourishing and strong practice that can give a sense of connection to a stable structure that has open channels.