The Kidneys are the Yin organ of the Water Element. Every Element is associated with a season, and winter is the season of the Water Element. Because of these associations, we know that winter is a great time to accentuate the Kidney Organ System.
Three ways to nourish the Kidneys during winter:
- Allow for extra time to sleep. The nights are longer during winter, inviting us to sleep a little more.
- Allow your creativity to incubate. Creative expression requires times of stillness, of “not knowing.” Just like the seeds incubating deep in the earth, seemingly “not doing anything” until the surge of spring, allow your creativity the space to “do nothing.”
- Keep your low back extra warm. The kidneys are located in the lower back area and vulnerable to the cold of winter. Be sure to keep this area well covered when you are out in the cold.
These small seasonal adjustments are a few ways of harmonizing with the seasons and the Elements. By harmonizing with the seasons we support the abundance and flow of our Qi all year long. Abundant and flowing Qi is the basis of health and happiness.