In this edition of the newsletter we will consider the changes that occur over the next fifteen days, the period of time coinciding with the seasonal phase known as Minor Snow, and we observe how you can align with the cycles of nature to harmonize your life.
In Northern China during this seasonal phase, snow flurries begin to paint the landscape white, while in Southern China cold rains muddy the countryside. Although the color palette varies throughout the country, Minor Snow is a time when the landscape becomes significantly colder, harsher, and less pleasant.
Snow flakes look pretty through a window, but our romanticized notion of winter withers quickly as we trudge through the cold ground and brace against the chill wind. In her raw state, winter is not fun. A brisk walk through the biting wind proves the point.
Instinctively, we brace against winter cold by tightening up. We tighten our muscles, our fists, and even our face grows rigid. It’s hard to smile when we feel the cold sting of winter. The frigid environment creates tension which impedes the flow of Qi, weakens our immune system, and undermines our capacity for emotional balance.
The emotion associated with winter is fear. The reason for this connection is simple. Our bodies tighten in a similar way both in the face of fear and winter. Watching an unrelenting chilling thriller, our muscle tighten and our bodies become tense. For our ancestors living closer to nature, the harshness of winter evoked tension and chilling existential fear. The physiology of fear mirrors the physiology of winter.
Imagine remaining in that uneasy state of mind for months. To some degree, this is what happens in the wintertime. And if we don’t take measures to counterbalance the climatic stress that winter places on our bodies and minds, our sense of wellbeing gradually erodes. The winter blues reflect this condition.
So what can you do to protect yourself from the stress of winter? You can fight the frigidity of winter by introducing into your day more warmth and light. Treat yourself to cups of tea and soup and spread the warmth to your internal organs. Soak in a warm bubble bath. Cultivate internal heat through activities that raise your body temperature. Melt the winter blues by having unabashed fun. Indulge in activities that make you smile and augment your inner fire. Sing, dance, or exercise.
Practicing the Minor Snow Empowerment will help you bring additional warmth to your internal organs. The window of time for the empowerment begins on Thursday, November 22nd between 4:01 AM EST and 6:01 AM EST and lasts two hours (remember to adjust for the time difference if you live in another time zone). Minor Snow lasts until Thursday, December 6th at 11:25 PM EST when the third cycle of winter, Major Snow, begins. Until then, use laughter and joy to warm and brighten the day.