In October, we are already noticing the shorter days and longer nights of winter. Nature is pulling back in, and the Yang energy of warmer months converts to the Yin energy of the cooler months. In East Asian Medicine, this is the time when the in-breath emerges into the out-breath.
Here are some themes present during this transition period:
Last of the Harvest
Recommitting to health
Crisp air, invigorating
Romantic relationship with nature
Preparing to go inward (nature)
Preparing for Holiday time (but perhapsnot wanting to)
Harvesting and cover crops
Most animals begin to hunker down and rest, yet we humans start speeding up with holiday shopping and enormous amounts of busy winter-season preparations.
With awareness and intention, we can be mindful and nurture ourselves. Maybe you need a few extra hours of sleep or a joyful activity. When it comes to cooking, we like to make soups, stews, broths, and stir-fries that increase warmth and comfort.
Prepare to Nurture & Nourish Throughout the Season of Yin
At times, when we don’t feel nurtured, we eat emotionally. When coupled with stress, this is a ticket to everything from lowered immunity to inflammation, bloating, weight gain, increased anxiety, general dissatisfaction, fatigue, and melancholy.
You may want to find some delicious indulgences that will make you feel well-loved and won’t throw your system off by making you crave a whole bag of candy corn. Try this easy Golden Milk recipe and add a little pumpkin pie spiceto it for a seasonal Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk to treat and nourish yourself.
As the holidays rapidly approach, ask yourself:
What joy can I gift myself?
What minor changes can I make to simplify?
How can I slow down for the next 8-10 weeks?
We wish you warmth and gentleness for the Yin season to come.
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Yours in Support,
Chad & Nicole