Source: Heart of Summer, 2017
In Chinese Medicine, the Summer is associated with the Heart, the Fire element, the Shen(spirit) and joy and laughter. With the arrival of Summer, we are encouraged to open our hearts and inhabit our heart space more fully. If one were to need clarification of what that may look like, see the picture of Siena above!
In the springtime we were in the Wood phase, growing and expanding, preparing for and embracing growth. The garden is a perfect metaphor and realistic manifestation of this transformation as the Wood/Liver energy was preparing the beds, planting the seeds, watching the sprouts emerge and now in the Fire/Heart time we see the flowers revealing their offering, their beautiful, fullest expression.
So, what can we do to cultivate our Heart/Fire energy? We can turn our internal spotlight onto our human heart. By bringing awareness to our heart, we can connect with the benevolent nature of humanity. Relishing kindness, love, and compassion and embracing the playful, joyous nature of our heart energy is a significant and effective way to live life, and much more naturally available to us in these light filled days and firefly sparkly evenings of Summer.
Haiku for Summer:
pink, peach, and rose
petals unfurl from within,
sacred fire burns bright
In Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with the Wood element, made evident by the green plant world, showing us growth, flexibility, and adaptability. The Wood element encompasses the energetic networks of the Liver and Gall Bladder, the Gall Bladder being regarded as the strategy oriented mapper and planner, and the Liver the general who executes the strategic plan. We strive to remain flexible as we grow into our unfolding plans, much like a vine growing around a rock “in the way.” The more we can declutter and free ourselves of known impediments, the better we are equipped to adapt to the ongoing changes that life inevitably presents. So, the notion of spring cleaning is totally synced up with Chinese Medicine theory. Let’s let go of old build up, clutter, and debris so that we may find ourselves inspired and renewed toward fresh, forward growth aligned with Spring’s momentum.
There are specific acupuncture points on the body to facilitate this process of letting go of energetic clutter and encourage the healthy engagement of Wood energy. It’s a great time to clean out your closets at home and come in for a treatment to do a similar freshening up!
In honor of Spring renewal, our excellent massage therapist, Jenny Bourdette Lusk, is offering a special. It is:
3 MASSAGES for $180 through April 30!
You can book with her through our online scheduler; just click the schedule button on the website.
In Asheville, Spring also brings with it the Best of WNC for the MountainXpress local publication. Please find time to vote for us in the Health and Wellness section. I have been fortunate enough to have won first place in the past, and I would be delighted to receive that honor again! The website for voting is http://www.mountainx.com
In closing, I’d like to share a haiku I wrote for Spring:
green soul peering out
through verdant windows of moss
while plum blossoms drift
Wishing you all a lovely, ever-so-fresh Spring!
Sally Robinson, L.Ac.
Hey y’all! It is time to vote again.
The polls are open now until April 26. Please vote for me, if you are so inclined.
It is such an honor to be of service to this wonderful community. As you all are aware, I am so grateful to love what I do. I have won previously, and it was such a delight to feel so appreciated. I would be thrilled to win again!
You can vote for me:
Sally Robinson, White Pine Acupuncture
in the Health and Wellness section.
The voting process is actually kind of fun. There are so many cool things to weigh in on; but you only have to vote in 30 categories.
P.S. The website for voting is http://www.mountainx.com(in case the link above doesn’t work.)
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 Bo…
Source: 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.
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.
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 …
Source: Farewell and Hello!