Late Fall/Early Winter 2012
Daniella, Zeke and I are now in Boise, Idaho. As many of you know, proximity to the mountains is very important to us. Here in Boise, we have access to trails literally out our backyard, the Boise River less than a mile away, and a ski area 16 miles outside of town. The Capital City Public Market has a fantastic selection of local, organic, sustainable produce and meats, along with some cool locally made products. It’s huge, and we’ve met some warm, wonderful people there.
It’s a very active community as well. I’ve gotten in to do a really great TRX class at a wonderful local studio, Mind Body Fitness. There’s a lively wellness community here, with a diversity in fitness centers, healing establishments, and practitioners. I’m so excited to be here, and can’t wait to be a part of the “scene” here!
That being said, we do miss some of the great things about San Antonio. Especially my great clients and our wonderful friends and family. I hope we can all stay in touch, and if you ever make it up to Boise…
I’ll be sending newsletters more frequently, and look for more regular blog postings on avibrantlife.com.
Change is a necessary part of life, and while it can be difficult, the rewards are there. This move has been taxing for us on several levels, as the changes have been many. By embracing the unknown and moving forward regardless, we learn so much about ourselves! I just read a quote in a video from The Upworthiest, that “the adventure is in the attempt.”
Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks balance in nature, and the change of season is an important occurrence.
Autumn is the time to collect the fruits of our labor. the harvest of our efforts reminds us that our sacrifices offer rewards. To stay healthy, honor the time of harvest by enjoying those foods associated with this time- root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, yams, and beets; squashes and pumpkins; and warming herbs and spices like thyme, cinnamon, and ginger.
Replace cold, uncooked foods like salads with soups and cooked vegetables. Oatmeal cooked with a stick of cinnamon is a great way to start your day this time of year.
This season is associated with the Metal element, reflected in our bodies with the Large Intestine and Lung. The Metal element ‘s emotional association is grief and sadness, so it’s important to exercise releasing long held but no longer necessary baggage, introspection, and reflection.
Care should be taken with the Lungs and Large Intestine during this shift of seasons. Fall winds can be drying to the sensitive tissues of the lungs and throat, so balancing outdoor activities with Yin Yoga can be highly beneficial.
Enjoy this new season, take care of yourselves, and be well this autumn!
“In the three months of autumn all things in nature reach their full maturity. The grains ripen and harvesting occurs. The heavenly energy cools, as does the weather. The wind begins to stir. This is the changing or pivoting point when the yang, or active, phase turns into its opposite, the yin, or passive, phase. One should retire with the sunset and arise with the dawn. Just as the weather in autumn turns harsh, so does the emotional climate. It is therefore important to remain calm and peaceful, refraining from depression so that one can make the transition to winter smoothly. This is the time to gather one’s spirit and energy, be more focused, and not allow desires to run wild. One must keep the lung energy free full, clean, and quiet. This means practicing breathing exercises to enhance lung Qi. Also, one should refrain from smoking and grief, the emotion of lung. This will prevent the kidney or digestive problems in the winter. If this natural order is violated, damage will occur to the lungs, resulting in diarrhea with undigested food in the winter. This compromises the body’s ability to store in winter.” – Huangdi Neijing Suwen
Late Fall/ Early Winter 2011
While the relief of no longer dealing with 100+ degree days is almost palpable, this change of seasons brings certain challenges. It’s temping to go out and celebrate the cool mornings with a bike ride, run or walk, but remember to take care of yourself.
The predominant issue facing us this season is the pernicious external influence of Wind.Wind is considered the major cause of illness in traditional Chinese patterns of disharmony. It combines readily with other pathogens, giving rise to syndromes known as wind cold, wind heat, and wind dampness. This pathogenic factor possesses the qualities of wind in nature, appearing without warning and constantly changing. Considered a yang form of evil qi (a pathogenic factor), it often attacks the upper body, head, throat, and eyes. Wind causes movement, so it is usually involved when there are symptoms of twitching, spasms, or shaking. The organ most often affected by external wind is the lung; internal wind most commonly is related to an imbalance in the liver.
Syndromes of Wind
Liver Wind Moving Internally: This is an internal condition of the liver that can result from a long-term imbalance; the usual chronic patterns are liver yin deficiency or blood deficiency. Signs of this condition are various abnormal body movements, such as twitching, shaking, convulsions, and spasms. The liver is in charge of the smooth movement of qi and blood in the body as well as harmonious movement within the body. An imbalance in the liver impairs this function, producing abnormal movement, and the influence of wind stirs this movement at unpredictable times.