- Rest and Replenish. This is nature’s season for rest, repair, and regeneration—a phase important for our next cycle of growth. The Nei Ching, oldest-known document of Chinese medicine, advises: “[In Winter], people should retire early at night and rise late in the morning, and they should wait for the rising of the sun.”
- Cultivate a Meditation Practice. As a way to support your healing within your Water element, consider meditation. This is a great way to remove blockages and calm the nervous system. Try sitting comfortably and simply watching your breath. Practice counts of 7 seconds on the inhale and 4 counts on the exhale. If you find that too difficult due to overactive mind, try a more active form of meditation called movement meditation.
- Movement Meditation. Listen to music that has no words and let yourself flow like water! It doesn’t matter where or when, length of time, indoors or outside. I like to to practice movement meditation taking a walk in my neighborhood slowly and mindfully. The important thing is to let the body lead and the mind follow.
- Get a Massage. A total body massage with special emphasis on the low back/kidney area can increase blood flow, move lymph, create warmth and stimulate healthy function in the kidneys and adrenals.
- Avoid excessive intake of alcohol, coffee, sugar, processed/cured meats, canned foods and salt.
- Include warm, slow cooked foods to strengthen the Kidneys. Berries, beans, beets, greens, fennel, kale, kelp, miso, lamb, black sesame and walnuts all support healthy kidney function.
As we gain awareness of the nature of the inner truth stored in our depths, we can cultivate flow and harmony within our Water element, embracing our potential and the stillness and resources of winter.