Winter ❄️ 2017

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.


weather-beaten bones,

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 …..

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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.



The Heart of Summer 2016

Hello, Summer!

Chinese Medicine correlates Summer with the Heart, joyousness, abundant light, the color red, and the bitter flavor.  So, shall we align our hearts and intentions with the ease and openness that Summer so readily supports? I say, yes! As the long hours of light infuse the days and evenings with vitality, we can invite that light to saturate our beings, encouraging our hearts to feel open and expansive.


With all the extra light and increased temperatures, we also experience more heat.  Summer is the most Yang time of year, as demonstrated by the extended daylight.  We are naturally encouraged and supported to do more and be more active.  As Yin and Yang perpetually balance one another, we also must make a bit of an effort to bring in some cooling Yin energy, essentially clearing some Heat.  Through diet, we can bring in the cool, bitter energetics with WATERMELON!!! It’s pretty great when the medicinal foods taste AMAZING! Watermelon clears heat and toxins, hydrates us, and the red color aligns with the Heart…..clearing heat, so that the Heart and therefore the mind can feel happy and calm.


To cultivate some stillness (Yin) among all the activity (Yang), I have a meditation technique to share.  It is from Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and poet.  This meditation involves a flower, which is particularly relevant to the heart opening energy of Summer.  From Thich Nhat Hanh:

A flower represents our freshness.  We all have the ability to look at things with fresh eyes and see them as if seeing them for the first time.  If we have lost our freshness, all we have to do is practice breathing in and out to restore it.  You too are a flower. You have your flowerness.  We become light and joyous every time we restore our flowerness.

Flower meditation:


Breathing in, I see myself as a flower.

Breathing out, I feel fresh.

Flower, fresh.


We hope you are beginning a wonderful Summer, honoring your very own Heart of Summer.