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Self-care in Winter

By Katherine Brooke-MacKenzie, Jan 25 2019 04:22PM

During our wonderful summer I began cycling. I thoroughly enjoyed getting on my bicycle and bumbling around our country lanes in a pretty summer dress (hiding ghastly unflattering lycra cycling shorts). But I have to say it requires a bit more determination to get the bike out in this weather. However, I did manage it at the weekend and whilst out in the country, I stopped at a clearing in the hedge, leaned over the gate and watched and felt the energy of this season. Have you ever done that? There is a profound sense of timelessness; a stillness if you like, with little to no movement above ground. There is a haunting hollowness in the quality of sound too. It is almost brittle.

As part of my acupuncture degree, we were required to study the energetic shifts in nature and the seasons, as these correspond to organs within our body. The organs of winter are the Bladder, considered to be the body's energy reservoir, and Kidneys; considered as the Root of Life. At this time of year, we, like mother nature, should be at rest, consolidating our energies, and contemplating and reflecting on our existence. The energy is in the descent, and we should be quiet, gentle and nurturing to ourselves in all ways possible in order to top up our reservoirs. In theory, this will provide us with the resources to take on new ventures when the spring comes.

Sadly, our modern lives do not support this kind of awareness, and we find ourselves doing the opposite; especially with Christmas and all that it brings. Consequently, year after year, we become more and more depleted and instead of feeling just a little tired occasionally, we feel exhausted and overwhelmed.

Health is the most precious gift we can give to ourselves and those that we love. It is much easier to maintain your health than it is to mend what becomes broken. So please, take note and book yourself some time off, for you - to rest, to breathe, to bathe, to read, to stare out of a window - whatever it takes to top up your reserves.

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