Eileen T. Dube, MAc, MS-PREP, LAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM)
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Winter: Time of Maximum Yin

From the Winter 2010 Newsletter:

taijiThe cycle of the seasons moves us from the hottest days of summer to the coldest days of winter.  As the familiar TaiJi circle reminds us, yin (cold, dark) and yang (hot, light) are always transforming into one another.  In winter, we are at the point in this circle when there is maximum yin. Notice that even when there is maximum yin, there is a small white dot within the black part of the circle. So it is with the seasons of the earth and of our lives.

The winter solstice is the point of maximum yin when the days are shortest.  It is interesting that many cultures have developed means of celebrating the light within the darkest days of winter.

Our lives have winters too… times when fear, sadness, despair, stress or worries seem to block out the joy.  The circle is always transforming and there is joy within sadness and sadness within joy.  Sometimes knowing that things are always changing can give us a healthy perspective.  When we are at our most joyous, we benefit from not denying the changes that will happen… cherish each day for the gift it brings.  Similarly when our life’s Winter seem to steal the warmth of our spirit, knowing this transformation is always happening strengthens us to hold on for the warmer days of Spring which do come.

May this Winter bring you light in your heart.