Winter Solstice Wisdom

frozen flowers - Winter Solstice Wisdom

Today marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere, the longest night of the year. In Chinese Medicine, we would consider this the time of the year most associated with yin energy. It’s dark, cool and drawn inward. Similarly, Winter is the season associated with the water element. Water runs deep into the earth for nourishment before the onset of Spring, when the wood element comes to life.

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5 Natural Ways to Ease Anxiety

Rose close up - 5 Natural Ways to Ease Anxiety

Recently someone I am close to asked me for some advice on anxiety. This person knew that I had both personal and professional experience in the matter. This led to a lengthy conversation ranging from dietary changes to emotional freedom technique. That conversation was of course tailored to that particular individual; however, it made me think about how often I hear anxiety coming up for people.

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Stay Cool This Summer

Sunflower - Stay Cool This Summer

The summer sun is here to stay for the next few months. It’s no surprise that in Traditional Chinese Medicine summer is associated with the fire element. This very yang, active energy can serve us well to accomplish goals that we set earlier in the year and make positive changes in our lives. However, we have to be cautious of being scorched, literally by the sun, or figuratively by the heat of excessive activities.

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