First snow. Already, it’s beginning to melt. The world is wet, sodden, and cold. In my treatment room, I find the lung pulse often buried deep under a thick quilt of silence. Even with needles and grains of fiery moxa, it is hard to ignite the enlivening breath. Outside, in the early afternoon, the light […]
At the still point of Winter, a black line cracks the ice. January thaws and deep below the Earth, seeds stir and turn in their underworld beds. In Chinese Medicine, now is the season of Water. Water’s medicine is gestation – the capacity of the yin to carry an embryo, seed, or new possibility, safely […]
The ear retreats from perception deep into its own interior space. The vortex of the ear canal leads to the sensitive tympanic membrane of the eardrum. It then follows a labyrinth of curved, liquid-filled canals until it reaches the nautilus shell-shaped bone of the cochlea. Here, the vibrations from the eardrum become nerve impulses that […]
This past week, I’ve felt like a surfer as a storm kicks up. Clouds gathering. Wind whipping. Enormous rogue waves approaching at strange angles. Riding the waves, I often feel awake, alive, focused and fiercely empowered. Then, another news headline, another political conversation on Facebook, and BOOM! My stomach clenches. My emotional body fills with […]
Last night I dreamt that I was out at sea in a speeding boat. As the boat rushed, I held tight to the string of a red helium balloon that was sailing along behind me. Suddenly, with a gust of wind, I lost my grip and the balloon went flying off into the clouds … The red balloon of my dream cautioned me to slow down. Upon waking, I remembered that we are entering the Season of Water, the time of year when the life force settles down into the roots. It is a time to rest, to gestate and restore. It is time to honor the things we cannot fathom.