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.

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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 …..

Massage Giveaway!
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.

828-545-2288

whitepineacupuncture.com

whitepine.acupuncture@gmail.com

Acupuncture.Herbs. The Power of Peace.

 

 

Farewell and Hello!

Farewell to our dear Tara who has indeed moved to Mexico.  It is such an understatement to say she is missed.  We wish her well on her journey and know with certainty that her path is a bright one filled with love, adventure, and mysticism.

 

Hello to Jenny! We welcome Jenny Bourdette Lusk into the arms of White Pine! She is a very talented massage therapist.  We are so grateful to have her join us.  She is running a special right now ….. $10 off your first session with her.

If you have not yet had a chance to meet her and receive her bodywork, please do so! And with the holidays upon us, think of gift certificates for both acupuncture and massage.  Ask us at the desk!

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Acorn

Falling into Autumn, 2016

Fall has arrived here in our mountains.  This the time of harvest, acorns and apples ripening and falling to the Earth.  Abundance and gratitude are ours to embrace as we feel the seasonal shift guiding us towards the quiet, still time of Winter.

img_0543In Chinese Medicine, the fall is associated with the Metal element, Lungs and Large Intestine, the color white, the spicy taste, and emotionally grief and letting go.  We see the great oaks letting go of their acorns, the fruit trees’ branches getting heavy with fruits before they drop, and the deciduous trees loosening their grip on their  leaves.  We can draw inspiration from the natural world to also in turn stand firm and exhale, letting go of the old to make room for the new.

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Making apple cider!

 

Poetry and interview to share:

Usually I share some of my own poetry,  but I have recently been very inspired by the works of Pablo Neruda.  I have selected a couple of small pieces and quotes here that exude the sentiment of Autumn, specifically nostalgia:

“You know how this is: if I look at the crystal moon, at the red branch of the slow autumn at my window, if I touch near the fire the implalpable ash or the wrinkled body of the log, everything carries me to you, as if everything that exists, aromas, light, metals, were little boats that sail toward those isles of yours that wait for me.”

 

” Who writes your name in letters of smoke among the stars of the south? Oh let me remember you as you were before you existed.”

 

As you are aware, I am a big supporter of integration of Eastern and Western medicines.  I met with a colleague of mine recently, Dr. Grace Evins.  She wrote an article about our discussion, and I have posted the link here below.  Check it out!

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Enjoy the autumnal beauty.

Sincerely,

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

http://www.whitepineacupuncture.com

whitepine.acupuncture@gmail.com

828-545-2288