Nourishing Winter

by in Acupuncture December 1, 2010

Amidst all the holiday buzz, eating a nutrition-based diet tends to take a back seat.  I’ve posted the guide to find markets, farms, and businesses that support local foods and healthful choices.  http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home  A great little synopsis of why eating local matters can be found here: at “Top 10 Reasons to Eat Local”:

Eating locally is also one of the best ways to stay in tune with the movement of the seasons, restoring your connection to nature in a culture where we are so often estranged from its natural movement.  This is especially key in the winter time when the movement is from yang (bright, sunlight, expansive) energy to yin (quiet, slow, introspective) energy.  Winter is the time of deepest yin – quiet – stillness – the feeling of the first deep snow when the earth is abundantly quiet resonates with this feeling.  It is the time to hibernate; we all know it; and yet the holidays, shopping can often interrupt that natural movement into quietude.

How many of us long for some peace and spaciousness inside amidst all the activities of the holidays?  It is important to listen to that yearning.  Without yin, which is your substantive, cooling energy, there is no basis for yang, active, creative energy.  The two are always interdependent.  We happen to live in a culture and time that favors the expression of yang much more than its counterpart.

Make sure to take time for yourself this winter; replenish your yin energy with plenty of sleep, proper hydration, a daily meditation practice and exercise that is restorative, such as yoga or tai chi.  Take advantage of the time with family and friends to be nourished by connection, and allow yourself to simply be together!

MaryFatimah Weening, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
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About MaryFatimah Weening, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
MaryFatimah has practiced acupuncture for over 10 years, and is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine, and nationally board-certified by the NCCAOM. She holds a B.A. from Smith College, and a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health.