via Summer ♥️
Summer is here! Summer is the season of the Heart, joy, Fire and laughter. Our energy is more expansive under the Sun’s extended rays.
The fiery energy of Summer encourages us to open our hearts. When our hearts are open, our Shen(spirit) is calm and content. Perhaps like the stargazer pictured above, we may emulate that beautiful unfurling of petals as we let our hearts shine forth! Offering up our own, unique light….
In sync with this offering of light is a passage by Carlos Castaneda:
”To seek freedom is the only driving force I know. Freedom to fly off into that infinity out there. Freedom to dissolve; to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than what it is: a mere candle.”
Enjoy the bright warmth of Summer!
Sally Robinson, L.Ac.
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In Chinese Medicine, Winter is the season of the Water element, associated with the Kidneys, the colors blue and black, the emotions of fear and conversely willpower. With the shortened days of light, we are called to pull in and restore. In this time of year, we experience more time in the dark of night. This darkness is imbued with mystery and inspiration. Can we embrace the calming, restorative nature of the extended darkness? We know that there is always a spark of light contained in the dark, and even in the depths of the dark night, we can trust the certainty of the coming dawn. This inward restorative process is very nourishing to the Kidneys.
In keeping with the tradition of sharing a haiku to honor the season, I have selected one from the renowned Japanese haiku master, Matsuo Basho. It seems to aptly capture the essence of Winter:
wind pierces my body
to my heart
My sense is that to be pierced by the elements, or by the circumstances of one’s life, requires an agreement of sorts from our Kidney aspect. Could we be willing to push though any fear or trepidation and even invite the intense weather/circumstances into our lives? I think yes. Once there, to be in one’s Heart is to be in alignment with the unfolding of one’s life. The Heart is the balancing counterpoint to the Kidneys. By embracing the Will of our Kidneys, pushing through fear, we can find our way into the residence of our Heart.
With this Winter’s arrival, let us welcome the inherent balance of the Fire of the Heart with the Water of the Kidneys, seeking and trusting the interplay of activity and rest, determination and fear, and radiance and darkness.
In closing, I hope this time of Winter and Water finds you feeling inspired to rest and restore, and to step more fully into your Heart which is well equipped, thanks to the support from the Kidneys below, to go forth with the sensitivity, boldness, and loving nature that is its natural way!
Sally Robinson, L.Ac.
Source: Falling into Fall 2017
We are (finally!) falling into Fall. The cool, crisp mornings and bright blue autumnal skies and brilliant hues of yellow, orange, and red leaves make us just want to, “aaahhh.”
Breathing in the new freshness and exhaling the old is what our Lungs do all the time. And this season of Autumn is when the Lung Qi really shines! This is the season of Metal, Lungs and Large Intestine, the color white, the emotion grief, and the spicy flavor. The Metal energy is about letting go of what’s no longer serving us. Equally paramount to the letting go process is receiving inspiration and fostering a spiritual connection, bringing richness to our existence.
The heavenly white moonflower blossom offers tremendous inspiration with its enchanting fragrance and night blooming delicate petals! Its name alone invokes the heavens, the abode of the moon. The celestial realm is the domain of Metal. The skies of stars, planets, and the Milky Way reflect brilliance and invite wonder as we contemplate infinite space, and therefore infinite possibilities.
In keeping with tradition, I’ve composed a haiku intending to portray the sentiment of the season and possibly bring a bit of inspiration….
clouds of nostalgia
part to release stars shining
on a chest of hope
It is with love that I wish for you a lovely, rich Autumn. I hope it is a time of letting go and deeply nourishing yourself, most specifically your Spirit as the elemental energies are aligned to naturally encourage the release of grief and loss. The more we can surrender to this movement of emotion, the more open we can be to inspiration and devotion.
With love and inspiration,
Sally Robinson, L.Ac.
White Pine Acupuncture