Winter: The Water Element
Winter is the time of the Water element
This the time of year when we naturally slow down, stay inside, quiet down and sleep more. This season is the time to be still, think deeply and build our reserves.  When we take time to learn, to trust and have faith in the unknown we gain strength, wisdom, and courage.  These virtues contribute to a strong will.
If we do not practice and embrace the stillness of this season, fear often arises draining our energy and blocking our ability to access our personal power.
The organs/officials of the Water element are the Kidney and Bladder.  
  • The Kidney is the YIN organ and is The Official who Controls the Waterways, meaning the Kidney's work is to access and store our qi/energy.  The Kidneys also store our ancestral energy.  
  • The Bladder is the YANG organ and is The Official Who Controls the Storage of Water, meaning it holds energy in reserve so it is accessible when needed.  When the Bladder meridian is out of balance that can show up emotionally as fear of lack of reserves and feelings of uncertainty.
Water and You:

I encourage you to ask these questions of yourself and invite your to come in and discuss them with me.
-How do you feel in the winter?
-Has fear stopped you from doing something you want to do?  
If so, does that happen often?
-When have you felt nervous?  Excited?  Anxious?
-Do you appreciate quiet?  Being still?
-What scares your?  How do you feel about the dark?
-What are your ambitions?
Contact me and we can get to work on these questions..In the meantime, please enjoy the links and ideas below.
The Five Elements: Water by Neil R. Gumenick
Explore: Talking bone broth with Marco Canora
Hi.  Welcome to Winter and the time of the Water Element. Happily the Winter solstice is behind us, and  the days will start getting longer! Please enjoy my newsletter and follow the links to more information. This seasonal newsletter provides insight the Chinese Five Element Philosophy as well as encouraging you to create balance in your life.  I would appreciate any feedback.
Happy holidays!   Lisa
Your IPhone is Ruining Your Posture
Read: How To Live in Harmony With Winter
5 Element qigong practice for Water (kidneys and urinary bladder)
5 Element qigong practice for Water
Elderberry & Cardamon Hot Toddy
Zen Meditation: Can Meditation Heal Us?
Making ginger "tea" is a great way to stay warm.  Pick up some fresh ginger at the store, peel it and let it steep covered for 5 minutes and then drink.  It will help keep you warm and improve your circulation and digestion.
Add a piece of Kombu (seaweed)  while cooking grains that absorb water (rice, quinoa, barley, etc..).   It is an easy way to get some of the nutrients that are Water in nature into your diet.  When done cooking discard the Kombu.  It doesn't change the flavor or appearance but adds the nutrients.
Jose Gonzalez a beautiful musical experience of Water
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