As we move farther and farther from the sun, there are fewer signs of life and a stillness in the air. For many, this is a difficult season, filled with long dark hours and barely lit days. Nevertheless, it's a very important season.
Most Chinese medicine therapists know of the "Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon," written around 250 B.C. The text is treated as the basis for Chinese medicine and Daoist theory. In the emperor's words, winter is a time, "to stop for a moment and meditate on the passage of time, to feel time moving inside you, it is to practice the value of the winter season…this cold and dark time is exactly when love between people passes most freely, with family visits, gift giving and acts of charity to the less advantaged."
These words highlight the reflective mood of the winter and remind us to appreciate every season in all its beauty.