Tonight will be the longest night of the year and a seasonally-supported opportunity for you to bask in the silence of the dark. Take a moment, right now as you are reading these lines and hit the pause button of the never-ending parade of thoughts and to-do list. Let the phone or computer enter “hibernation”. Bring your attention to your sit bones and allow your body to enter Silence…
During Winter, all things in Nature wither, return home, hide and enter a resting period. This is a time when Energy storage dominates over Energy spending. To harmonize with the season, dim the overhead lights at sundown or use lamps or candles instead of electricity. Allow yourself to be more receptive, introspective and storage oriented and don’t forget to spend some time in the dark to reconnect with the healing and humbling power of the Unknown.
Warm, hearty soups, whole grains, and roasted nuts feel good on cold days. Dried foods, small dark beans, seaweeds, and steamed winter greens fortify the Kidneys (the organ that corresponds to winter time according to Chinese Medicine). You may want to cook foods longer, at lower temperatures and with less water.
During this shift in Nature’s metabolism, fresh energies are issued forth preparing us for the upcoming cycle. This Taoist practice will not only support you in your physical and spiritual renewal but will also help you refresh and refocus your direction. You can also invite the ceremonial Yule Log as a metaphor for the new Light coming forth into the next cycle. It’s always a very simple yet deep way to reconnect with the Light born out of the darkness of your Ocean floor.
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To your Wisdom!