Winter is a the water element
Emotions relating are fear and courage
Predominant organs are kidney and bladder
Visualisation is a Black crescent moon
The sound is fu
Autumn is the time for letting go, leaves fall from the trees, snakes shed skin our skin dries and flakes. We allow our Debris to dissolve into earth mother as her nourishment, we are preparing the soil for another of our own blossoming’s.
Winter arrives we are left a little raw; we begin to see what is inside, reflecting on our year of events and feeling it emotionally. We begin to create ripples in our waters, as we see what has been and then dream up what can be or will be.
Spring comes along; we have genetically modified our new seed through winter. Our soil has been prepared from winter waters and autumn nourishment for growth of this seed, the spring warming sun provides the energy for this precious seed to grow.
It is now time to use the cold winter months, while the cool contractions pull you inward giving time to self reflect and feel, so you know how to genetically modify this seed
The kidneys and bladder are working hardest in this season keeping our fluids clean and our emotions cool, if they are depleted we may experience fear, which has the ability to set off many other emotions. Once we give these organs a boost we will begin to feel excited about modifying our seed and have the courage to plant it in spring allowing it to grow into us.
"Winter is our deepest, most emotional time, as we move deep into our bones, revealing our hidden treasures".
Dream clearly and specifically, feel it and believe that you are or have that already. The is how we alchemically create the genetic modification. Daydreams are just as or more important than night dreams as we are visualising pictures in our mind and visualisation is our most powerful tool.
"Be Aware Of What You Think and Feel".
Try following this regime and you will discover that fear will not overwhelm you and instead excitement and courage will.
"Helping your dream to Manifest at it’s Best".
The organs working the strongest in winter are the kidneys (bean shaped organs the size of your fist) and bladder. They are cleansing the blood and discharging the toxic waste through the urinary system; so it is important to drink lots of warm clean water, not cold, as we don’t want those kidneys to harden in these cold winter months. The kidneys also create prana/chi/energy and this prana tops up our organs, as it is needed along with their many other functions.
Corn silk tea is great to cleanse the kidneys and the entire urinary system so why not try this for a week or so. Always check with your practitioner before taking herbs.
Eat grounding, winter root vegetables such as sweet potato, pumpkin, potato.
Adzuki beans are great to help balance the kidneys; cook beans in water with kelp and add sweet potato.
Ear Tapping and ear rubbing and I mean rubbing are of great benefit as the ears are strongly related to the kidneys. The ears are an indicator of your kidney function; tinnitus is a sign that your kidneys may need help as well as mid back pain (between the top line of hips and lower ribs). Golden, smelly urine is often a good sign that you are dehydrated.
Bhujangasana, dhanurasana, chakrasana, all back arching poses help to cleanse and strengthen the kidneys. Remember to counter pose with a child pose, which is also great for the kidneys and you will also feel an improvement to those sore backs as you create space for the discs.
Another lovely yet simple exercise is to rub upward on the kidneys at the mid back to filter them and give them warmth; you can give them a little pummel too.
Give the kidneys and bladder a little treat for their hard efforts, your fluids will be clear and you will hold extra prana (life force), which is what we are mostly made top from. Clear, clean fluids and plentiful supply of prana creates perfect health and a courageous mind.
Natalie Almond began practicing yoga 30 years ago and has been teaching yoga for 25 years.