Last night was the longest night of the year. Winter Solstice 2020 was, honestly, a breath of fresh air. I mentioned this on my Instagram post for the solstice, but Winter Solstice has always been important to me. It’s about connecting with those we love in the darkness, holding onto Read more…
The Minnesotans reading this in December of 2020 just laughed ruefully.
There is no great amount of snow out right now; everything is just brown and cold. The only snow we have in the forecast is next Saturday.
It can be hard to understand why it’s still important to follow the flow of the seasons when the world outside doesn’t match the descriptions of what it’s “supposed” to look like according to a 2000 year old book.
The answer is actually simple: it’s less about the weather and more about the movement of the sun.
We are in wintery crunch time right now – the most yin time of year. The Greater Snow seasonal node is the last seasonal node before winter solstice and is one of the most important nodes for us to focus on before the season pivots.(more…)
Four weeks ago we had a snow storm.
Two weeks ago we had a 70 degree Saturday.
But now we’re finally turning back towards winter weather.
I know that it can be disappointing for those of you who don’t like winter or cold weather, but just like the heat of summer is necessary to grow food, the cold of winter is necessary for the world to rest.
The last two week marked the Beginning of Winter and now we can build off the work we’ve done to support our kidneys as we move into the Lesser Snow seasonal node.(more…)
As I write this, it is currently 70 degrees out. We have a projected high of 72 today. In Minnesota.
I mean, yeah, we got eight inches of snow in the cities two weeks ago but that’s all gone now. We’re even planning on going on a hike after the intern wakes up.
It does not look like winter outside. But the snow predicted for Tuesday will (hopefully) change that.
I’m here to break the news to you that winter has officially begun. How can that be when the Winter Solstice is 6 weeks away?
Well, because it’s the Beginning of Winter seasonal node, my friend.(more…)
Yesterday’s deep dive into kidney disorders focused on kidney yin disorders. Kidney yin disorders have a lot of hot signs – hot flashes, night sweats, dry throat, etc – because the kidney yin can’t cool the body. It’s a lot like not having enough coolant in your car’s engine. Kidney yang disorders are cold in comparison. Lacking kidney yang means the starter isn’t working. And that’s what we’re going to cover today.
Happy Almost Winter, Minnesnowta!
Any other season of the year and people give me the side-eye for an “early” season greeting. But in winter? Snow can fly as early as September! In fact, wasn’t it just last week we got our first flakes?
And even if the snowflakes weren’t falling yet, the world around us is settling into a winter rhythm. Everything becomes quiet and still. The leaves have fallen, the grass is hibernating, jars of pickled herring pop up in pantries across the state.
This spring, I broke the element of wood down in two blog posts – one about how things can be categorized as wood from a health perspective and another about how Chinese medicine looks at imbalances in the wood element. I did the same earlier this month for metal and metal disharmonies.
This blog post will be doing the same for this season’s element, the element of Water.