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Winter, Time to Recharge and Be Nourished

December 2014 | by Jonathon Gilbert

The winter is now finally upon us and with it comes the sense of wonder and excitement of the holiday season.

In traditional Oriental medicine, winter is a time of accumulation and absorption. It is our opportunity to recharge and be nourished. We can build our reserves up for the coming seasons. Traditionally, exercise was done slower fashion with the emphasis on strengthening and softening the body. Warm food and drinks were consumed, and it was a time to spend at home in the comfort of one’s family and friends.

On the mental/ emotional level, winter is a period of contemplation and renewal. It is at this time that we can find our meditative depth and strengthen who we are. It is a time when we access the dark waters and rich, deep currents of life and develop our grand schemes and ideas. It is the Yin time.

And yet, as we engage this moment of the year, as we enable its slow, rich process, there forms within us the seed of a new energy. It is the seed of spring and its actions of movement of growth. As with the summer, whereby the seed of winter is formed in its height, the kernel of new life forms from the depths of these coming months. It is interesting to note that the herbs we traditionally use in winter time for strengthening the body are actually based in this notion of movement inside form, or Yang within Yin.

I hope these thoughts allow us to see beyond the snow delays and traffic snags and look at the coming months as both healthful and a time of peace. ♥


About the Author Acupuncturist

Certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology, Jonathan Gilbert is a recognized expert in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has completed extensive post graduate training as well as a traditional apprenticeship. Read more of Mr. Gilbert’s credentials and written works.

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