Happy 2016 to you~A new year brings new beginnings! There are many on my horizon and "ONE STEP AT A TIME" has organically become my motto this season. I hope you are taking advantage of balancing rest with your winter activities and enjoying life!
I am thrilled to be a contributor to Millin'Air, a seasonal online magazine created by a dear old friend of mine. I have been given permission to share this issue with you for inspiration! Perouse my article on Winter Wellness and enjoy a virtual trip to my favorite island of Maui while you are enjoying your morning cup of tea! YOUR VIRTUAL TEATIME RETREAT
A few words about the wonders of nature....
Ultimately, overall balance is about being in tune with nature. Since this is my first website blog, I thought it appropriate to start here. As an herbalist, I take the time to find out your "whole picture", ask many questions and utilize my trained clinical skill sets rooted in ancient traditions to identify the patterns that impact your vital equilibrium one layer at a time. I like to use this garden analogy with my clients to create a deeper understanding about the importance of aligning with the seasons to help reach their wellness goals.
Nature affects our behavior as humans. In fact, Five Element Theory in traditional Chinese medicine is based upon the relation of our entire being to nature, viewing our bodies as individual ecosystems similar to a magnificent organic garden. A bio diverse garden needs healthy soil, ample sunlight, water, nourishment and air flow to attract beneficial insects, bees and organisms to create nutrient dense food. A plant starts with a seed, turns into a sprout and then a flower or fruit, which then dies, falls and the cycle begins again. The garden is a place where all the living things interact with the elements to create an environment that we are totally dependent for the essentials of life. The weather is also a factor, causing our food crops to grow optimally or with a bit of stress if it is too cold, hot, wet or dry. When there is a lack or imbalance in one or more areas, possibly our vegetables are not the right color, size or do not have the right taste. Similarly, like the simple plant or the bio diverse garden as a perfect picture of nature, the equilibrium of our bodies is reliant upon both external and internal factors.
Keeping these analogies in mind, Five Element Theory assigns a function, color, taste, emotion and organ systems (both yin and yang) to each season. Like the garden, each element is interdependent on the others for their function and when one becomes out of balance, the effect trickles down to affect one or more of the other organ systems.
Now that this is "clear as mud", you have something to ponder