As we head into winter, in our natural cycle, now is the time to rest up, retreat, and review. We may feel that pull to hibernate and withdraw from the world.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), winter is ‘kidney time’. Our kidneys love the soothing, cool, slowness of winter. In TCM, the kidneys hold our fear and anxiety. Biologically speaking, our adrenal glands sit on top of our kidneys and these are responsible for our fight or flight response and they fire off when we’re scared or stressed. So there is scientific, biological support for the TCM view.
I don’t know about you but my adrenals have been firing off left, right and centre during 2020! It’s been one rollercoaster ride. It’s so important to really let them rest and recharge or we can burn out. This year, it’s more important than ever. The Covid situation on top of all the normal stresses and strains has been overwhelming for many of us.
From a spiritual perspective, 2020 is a year of great collective transition and karmically all the darkness from our past and down our ancestral line is coming up to be healed. This is happening collectively and individually. Kidney energy holds our ancestral and karmic patterns and this year in particular we are being invited to clear that karma. This means we could well be exhausted by working through challenge after challenge, mentally, emotionally and physically.
So this winter, be kind to your kidneys and yourself. Give yourself permission to take some time out. Seek some peace, quiet and deep rest. There is a wonderful chi kung / meditation practice especially for the kidneys which allows for deep soothing and letting go. Give this a try:
Place your hands on your kidneys (on your mid / lower back)
Close your eyes and take some deep breaths
Breathe into your kidneys
Imagine a beautiful blue light glowing over your kidneys
Breathe in ‘peace’; ‘calm and ‘trust’
Breathe out and release ‘fear’; ‘anxiety’ and ‘impatience’
Repeat this for 2 or 3 minutes
Then imagine a gentle deer and really connect to the sense of ‘deer spirit’
Come to close by opening your eyes and shaking your hands out.
Have fun with this. If you'd like some help with deep meditation and healing, come join me at one of my seasonal retreats.