In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), wintertime is associated with the water element, it’s a season of reflection, darkness, hibernation & stillness. Water freezes, animals hibernate, most of life’s processes slow down. The Huang Di Nei Jing describes the winter season as follows:
“In winter all is hidden, this is the season of retirement into the depth, because it is cold outside. It is necessary at this moment not to disturb or disperse the yang energy, thus complying with the energy of the Winter.” (Su Wen, Chap 2, p.3)
I interpret this to mean that it’s important for us to preserve our energy, go to bed early so that we can protect and store our qi for the upcoming spring. Upholding a proper balance of rest and activity is very important during this season. Acupuncture can help your mind and body find balance, and the wintertime is a great time to get started.
With every trimester complete, I am one step closer to completing my MSOM degree. But it also means that a friend and colleague is graduating. So, the end of the trimester is bittersweet in some ways. Graduation signifies the completion of one goal, but it really is the gateway into a world of new beginnings. Until next time, happy holidays and stay safe!