Welcome snowy Winter!
Today I want to share a few things, such as:
Some inspiration via poetry, a tidbit about the nature and lore of black pearls, and an opportunity to win a massage with Jenny Bourdette Lusk.
In Chinese Medicine, Winter is associated with the Kidneys, the colors blue and black, the salty flavor, and the Will. The Kidneys work diligently all the time for us, providing both the Fire and Water to fuel all of our activities. During this natural time of introspection, the Kidneys relish the opportunity to rest and preserve our vital life force. Retiring early with the setting sun is a great way to promote deep rest and recuperation. Meditation is also readily integrated into our minds and bodies at this time, as our rhythms are naturally inclined toward introspection during the Winter. The Will gathers that calm energy, quietly converting it into reserves to call on as needed.
Black pearls are associated with Kidneys and Winter because of their color and their origin, having arisen from the salty water and specifically from the depths of the ocean, also strongly symbolic of Kidney essence, the richest and most substantive aspect of energy. Legend says that the Full Moon produced so much Heavenly Dew from the discarded dreams and memories of men and women that it fell into the sea. Oysters came to the surface of the ocean and opened their shells to receive the light of the Moon and ingested the discarded Heavenly Dew, which fell inside and hardened into pearls. The black pearls are all the sad thoughts that have been transformed into beauty and hope by the Moon Goddess.
One of my favorite poets is Matsuo Basho, a haiku master of the 17th century. I’d love to share a quote from his writing as well as a few of his haiku capturing the vibration of Winter.
The Moon and sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. A lifetime adrift in a boat or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
I’ll leave your heart exposed
to cold, piercing winds
The cry of the dove
penetrates even the stone
door of this dark cave
all the stones are dead,
the waters withered and gone–
winter and nothing
for today only,
we’ll grow old together in
the first winter rain
And now for the massage …..
I will be having a drawing on Feb 1 to give away a FREE 60-minute massage!
How to enter:
1) Like my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jennybourdettelusk/
2) Leave a review (You can write a comment or simply rate 1-5 stars)
Winner will be contacted on Feb 1.
Yours in Wellness, Jenny
Wishing you all such a lovely and potent introspective Winter, well infused with sparkly inspiration and rest,
Sally Robinson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture.Herbs. The Power of Peace.