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The wonders of Kidney Yang

By Cindy Black / February 4, 2016 /

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…

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Water Element in Chinese Medicine

By Cindy Black / December 17, 2015 /

Water is one of the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine The Water Element is associated with Winter. Each of the Five Elements is associated with a season: Water Element- Winter Wood Element – Spring Fire Element- Summer Earth Element – Late Summer Metal Element – Fall When first learning about the elements of Chinese medicine, I found it was…

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Nourishing the Kidneys

By Cindy Black / February 12, 2015 /

Winter is the season of the Kidneys. 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…

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The Mystery of Beginnings

By Cindy Black / March 14, 2013 /

As the bursting of spring comes closer, I am wondering about beginnings. Spring is the mark of new things, of beginnings, the time of birth. And yet birth only marks a moment in a cycle that begins in the dark, the still silence of the unknown, the unseen, the formless. We meet our new sprouts,…

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Yin and Yang: The Cooling Cycle

By Cindy Black / December 10, 2012 /

Yin and Yang are always relating to each other During extremes it can be challenging to stay aware that this moment is part of a larger cycle of balance.  Yin and Yang arise as cold (Yin) and hot(Yang).  As the cold, dry winds of winter push into us, it is hard to remember the humid heat…

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The Beauty of Limits

By Cindy Black / December 5, 2011 /

Winter is upon us. All that we imagined, sprouted, nurtured, grew and harvested in the previous seasons, now comes to an end. Plants and trees retreat to their roots. Wind, cold, snow and ice put a final and absolute end to all growth. Now it is time to rest. Imagine if our expansion never ended.…

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Dare to Bloom!

By Cindy Black / April 9, 2011 /

 Spring is upon us. As the flowers risk it all to open to the Sun, we can do the same by simply following the call of our hearts. After a Winter of incubation, may the seeds of your heart’s desires bloom fully.

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Yin is In!

By Cindy Black / December 28, 2010 /

It’s Winter, the time of full Yin. Compared to the light, heat, expansion, and Yang activity of Summer, Winter is quiet, dark, cool, and concentrated–Yin. You may have noticed a desire to go to sleep sooner, and wake up later as Winter has settled in. This is your body responding to Nature’s call to rest…

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Winter Health

By Cindy Black / January 5, 2010 /

The Winter season corresponds to the Kidney – Water energy according to Chinese Medical Theory. Water – Kidney energy is quiet, internal, and sustaining. Seeds formed from last year’s plants are deep in the ground, keeping quiet, incubating until the rush of Spring. We can nourish our own Kidney energy now by keeping our bodies…

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