Seasonal Experiences: Winter & The Water Element

WINTER – JAN 2012 • Lexington KY

  • Kathleen Fluhart RN, MA.Ac., Dipl.Ac., L.Ac.

Artemesia Acupuncture & Wellness

Winter is related to the water element.  It is a time to go within and generate and store energy for the coming year.  It should be a time of ample rest and quiet.  Like the trees and animals, we need this time of quiet to build our reserves and reflect on our lives.

In late summer, we gave gratitude for the year’s harvest.  In Autumn, we reflected on our accomplishments as well as those things we could have done better.  Now, in Winter, we can choose what “seeds” we want to plant for the coming year.

It is odd that our culture puts many social demands on us over the holidays.  We are asked to be joyous, active, outgoing and gregarious.  Yet, nature is saying we should be quiet and warm and sit by the fire with friends and sip tea and eat warm, yummy foods.  No wonder we get so stressed out over the holidays!!

Suggestions for Having a Meaningful & Healthy Winter

  • Take time to be still and reflective.  Use the quiet time for inner work that will build your reserves for the next year.
  • Keep warm-don’t allow yourself to get cold to the bone.
  • Eat warming foods, including root vegetables, as well as stews, beans, squash, and whole grains.
  • Get more rest.  Follow the winter sun.  Go to bed earlier and rise later.
  • Seek inner warmth through spending time with close friends, perhaps sitting by a fire, and drinking warm fluids.
  • Dream.  Use winter to let ideas and plans germinate.  Wait until spring to begin new projects.
  • Spend time beside various bodies of water (oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, and waterfalls).  Notice the different qualities of water-its flow, force, and stillness.  How is the water different at various times of day, in different seasons, and weather conditions?  As you grow in your awareness and sensitivity to water in its natural forms, you will automatically and naturally grow in your awareness of the Water Phase within yourself.

Give us a call, (859) 402-2430…now is the perfect time for a Seasonal Treatment!

Adapted from Ann Bailey, “Meridians,” Vol. 5, Number 2, Winter, 1998, Traditional Acupuncture Institute

Winter Haiku…

If There Were Fragrance

These Heavy Snowflakes Settling…

Lilies on the Rocks

from Basho inJapanese Haiku(Peter Pauper Press, Mount Vernon, NY, 1955-56)

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