By Jude and Paul Ponton
Greek mythology tells us that Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, in deep mourning over the abduction of her beloved daughter Persephone by Hades, caused the Earth to be frozen and barren. A deal was struck with Hades to allow Persephone to leave the underworld for two thirds of the year, and during this time Demeter allows the plants and crops to flourish. Each year as Persephone returns to Hades the earth experiences winter.
Here, in the Pacific Northwest, more than a month after the official start of winter, we have had an uncharacteristically harsh start to the winter season with lower temperatures sustained for relatively long periods of time. We have escaped heavy snow in Seattle, unlike our friends in Portland. One of the things that keeps our spirits up in this time is the knowledge of the opportunity to tap into the natural cycle that brings with it consolidation of energy. Like the plants, we have the opportunity to revert to our root energies, to pull in and experience deep grounding to the earth. We can use this time to nurture our core energy, our inner being, the seed of the activity that will sprout upward and outward in the spring.
Kidney energy is associated with winter and with our root, core energy, the supportive energy for our being. During this season, we can turn our focus to nurture and consolidate Kidney energy to strengthen the structure and function for all the other energy systems of our bodies. The Kidney energy supports the back and knees. It is not uncommon to see clients with back and knee problems coming into our clinic during the winter months. People with a tendency to be deeply affected by cold (Kidney yang deficiency) will notice this more. In areas where there is less sunshine people may encounter the occurrence of seasonal affect disorder depression. The stress of adapting to colder temperatures of winter may also create feelings of lower energy or fatigue.
Supporting and consolidating the Kidney energy as we experience winter helps to maintain health and well being through the season and often prevents manifestations of deficiency including back pain, fatigue, cold and depression.
Here are some suggestions for supporting and consolidating the Kidney energy to benefit the core and the root.
Winter provides a powerful opportunity to recharge. We hope that these suggestions inspire you to actively focus on applying your Acutonics skills for support of both your self and your clients.
"The Neptune gong arrived, it spent some time at my home for us to become acquainted, and now is in my therapy office. What an incredible presence! It really is like a living being. I am very grateful. I feel like the gong is a good teacher, ally, and motivator in my study and practice. "
- Shirsten Lundblad, M.Div., LMT