Kidney Yang is like the Winter Sun
The Kidneys are associated with the Water Element. Winter is the season of the Water Element. Yang refers to light, the Sun, heat, and fire. So, “Kidney Yang” may seem like a paradox at first glance.
Every Organ has both a Yin and Yang aspect. To understand Kidney Yang, observe the Sun (Yang) in the Winter. How are the light and heat of the Sun different in winter than that of the summer? Observing nature in these ways contributes to our understanding of the nuances of Yang as it’s expressed through each Organ and Element.
The Kidney Yang warms the body
The heat from Kidney Yang keeps us warm. Sometimes Kidney Yang is referred to as “Essential Fire.” Essential Fire is said to be the “true heat,” or “real Fire” that comes from the Kidneys, rather than the Heart.
We notice the value of the light and heat from the Sun more in the depths of winter than we do in the summer. Perhaps it is a little more obvious how essential the Sun is when we are feeling so cold. Kidney Yang is the basis of our metabolism, our “get up and go,” and our will to express the potential of our life.
Observe the Winter Sun
We have the same option to feel, contemplate, and wonder about the cycles of the Sun as the ancients did. Chinese medicine is based on observation, understanding, and connection with the Universe. Through that understanding, we come to know ourselves as “mini-universes” of Yin and Yang expressing ourselves as human beings. By wondering about the Sun in winter, you can come to know more about Kidney Yang within yourself and others.