5 Tips for the Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Winter Wisdom: Chinese Medicine & the Winter Solstice

Welcome to the Winter Solstice, where in the Northern Hemisphere we are in the darkest of days, the least amount of light – and in Chinese Medicine is considered the most yin time of year. 

What does it mean to live in alignment with the seasons? 

One is to 𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗵𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻, to flow with it rather than resist it. 

The other is to 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘀 using the opposite properties – yang for yin, or yin for yang, depending on the season. 

The Winter is related to the Kidney System, and it highlights the verb 𝘛𝘖 𝘉𝘌. It is about regeneration – specifically the process that happens underground or underwater. The outside appears still, unchanged. But underneath is a deep recharge – a vital part of the life cycle and seasonal cycles. 

Our bones. Our womb. Our essence. Our fear. The Kidney system taps into the deepest parts of ourselves.

Here are 5 ways to align with the Winter Season:

𝗖𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀: In body & mind through rest and meditation.

𝗘𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗶𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺: Black sesame seeds, stews, bone marrow, kidney beans, miso, root vegetables. 

𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝘁 & 𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗺: To prevent cold entering the Kidney meridians.

𝗘𝗮𝗿𝘀 / 𝗟𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: Feel the life in sounds – of nature, music, singing bowls, humming.

𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀: Recognize when you’re operating from fear. Take a breath. 

What are your Winter Wisdoms? Any practices you follow in this season?