Winter – The Water Element

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Winter is a time of stillness and contemplation, a time to confront our fears and regain our courage, to withdraw and replenish our energy and vitality. It’s a time to teach us how to flow with the tide of life and not to struggle against it.
Winter Quote
Water is linked to body fluid. It bathes the brain, cleanses the mind and enhances memory.
The kidneys and the bladder regulate water in the body. 
 Priorities for Winter:

  • Time for hibernation.
  • Start your winter in a relaxed state of mind.
  • Keep warm and wrap up.
  • Slow down and conserve your energy.
  • Take responsibility for how you feel.
  • Be careful and take care of yourself.
  • Learn to dissociate from scary situations.
  • Give others and yourself reassurance.
Daily Habits to try:
  • Meditate and rest more.
  • Start the day with a 5 minute meditation.
  • Tell your loved ones you value and appreciate them.
  • Don’t leave things to the last minute.
  • Monitor you liquid intake. Reduce cold, icy drinks.
  • Generate friction to stimulate blood flow. Use essential oils after a shower or bath.
  • Go to bed before 10pm.
  • Wear appropriate clothing to keep your body warm.
  • Avoid exposure to extreme cold.

winter Foods
Foods and Nutrition:
In Winter the body needs hearty food in order to keep itself warm. Eat properly in winter; simmering soups, kidney and aduki beans, roasted root vegetables and warm drinks such as green, ginger or Jasmine Tea. Beetroot and sea vegetables are good for cleansing the blood and supporting the kidneys.
Exercises:
Exercises that generate warmth and energy are extremely beneficial, e.g. certain Pilates, Qigong and Yoga exercises. Proper breathing also supports the kidneys, both in cleansing the blood and massaging them by movement of the abdomen and diaphragm. 
 Things to Avoid:
  • Work, including sitting at a computer all night.
  • Aggressive activities.
  • Too much sex.
  • Not enough sleep.
  • Procrastination.
  • Stimulants, including stress levels and adrenaline, which drains the kidneys.
  • Becoming over tired.
  • Becoming obsessive about secrecy.
Kidneys and bladder

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