“The highest good is like water, water is good at benefiting the ten thousand things, And yet does not contend with them. It dwells in places the multitudes detest, therefore, it is close to the tao”
~ Tao Te Ching
The Energetics of Winter
We are deep in the heart of winter now. According to TCM this season is related to the water element and Kidney energy.
The water element is where the darkness of yin receptivity and reflection reach its furthest extreme. It is a time of building potency.
Kidney energy can become depleted with stress, over stimulation and overwork. When the Kidneys are depleted we will experience problems with our sex drive, fatigue, low back pain and teeth or bone problems.
The wintertime empowers us to:
- Rest and rejuvenate
- Nourish new seeds of potential
- Face our fears
The wintertime is a great time to nourish the kidneys in order to experience greater well being. Try the diet suggestions below.
Cook foods longer with less water. Hearty soups, whole grains, roasted nuts, dried foods, small dark beans, seaweeds, and steamed winter greens all function to nourish and warm the core of the body.
Food for the Winter:
Eat Salty and Bitter: Promotes sinking and centering and brings heat into the interior. But be careful of too much salt as it can weaken instead of strengthen.
- Bitter foods: lettuce, celery, turnip, rye, oats, quinoa, amaranth, chicory root, burdock root,
- Salty foods: miso, soy sauce, seaweeds, salt, millet, barley
Try this Miso soup recipe to nourish the water element and come into balance in the wintertime.