Late Summer: The Season of Nourishment

Late Summer: The Season of Nourishment

  Late Summer: The Season of Nourishment Element: Earth  Emotion: Sympathy/Worry Archetype: Mother Color: Yellow/Orange Yin Organ: Spleen Yang Organ: Stomach Energy Imprint: Nourish yourself. Take in nutrients from your soil and enjoy your harvest. Slow down. Be creative with what is abundant in your natural environment. Prepare your nest for the fall and winter. Be nourished by the fruits of your own garden and your own labor.  Welcome to Late Summer. It’s getting dry-er, and the days are hot but less blistering. You can feel it in the air and in nature as you walk around.  The Earth element takes the center stage in this season and this is a powerful time. The Earth. Mother. Nourishment. Harvest. Satisfaction. Security. Safety. Belonging. Tribe. Root. All of these words fit into this season. The Stomach and the Spleen are the organ systems that govern this season and will be active guiding you and evolving who they are to you. The stomach is the organ that breaks down the the food we eat and begins the rotting and digestion process and the spleen is the organ that is responsible for taking that nourishment and distributing it throughout the body. It is involved in making blood cells as well, which is vital for delivery of oxygen and nutrients to every nook and cranny inside of us. These organ systems are so delicately connected to the nourishment we receive from mother earth through the food we eat, and even our own mother as we were sustained by her milk as babies. Anxiety and Worry are things that in Chinese Medicine stem from a...
Audio: A Short Lesson on Cultivating Mother Energy for yourself

Audio: A Short Lesson on Cultivating Mother Energy for yourself

I hope your July has brought you much softening, compassion, and understanding in your life. This is a time of year when we all go through a heart opening and it can be challenging, disorienting, and painful. In that, it’s also rich, beautiful, and uncovers new expressions of gratitude, joy, generosity, and clarity on where we want to harvest our fruits in the coming season. I have a small audio lesson for you to share from a recent trip to the wild. It is about how to cultivate the mother energy within you through rhythming with the natural light of day and it was inspired by my experience on this trip, which I’ll share a bit about below: In the beginning of July, I was gifted with an unplanned trip to the Colorado Western Slope with a friend. She had a house in Pagosa Springs Colorado, a place I had been interested in visiting for a long time.The land there is so sacred. Having not left my nest or my partner since becoming pregnant, I was very emotional leaving though I knew I wanted to go. It was a challenge and I cried and cried. Yet, my spirit was asking for wilderness and adventure. Having no idea what I would do on this trip, what I was given was time to myself and time to follow my adventurous and curious spirit for many days, traveling alone into the wild, exploring hot springs, enjoying mountain towns, loving wild flowers, getting to see the stars and two bands of the milky way (TWO!!!), hiking in to a remote natural hot springs...
Sweet Desperation and the Gift of Unwanted Emotions

Sweet Desperation and the Gift of Unwanted Emotions

It has only occurred to me several times before, the face of desperation underneath all it’s discomfort.   Desperation hides itself so well. In my bank account. In my relationship. In my family bonds. In my anger and sadness. In my unexpressed grief. In my worn down shoes. In my closet full of clothes that I no longer wear. In   She is like a chameleon who has a beautiful treasure that is wrapped in shards of glass and landmines, can change faces and color at will. Only to be seen by the most gentle and subtle of selves. Only coming out for just the right moment when it’s safe to be understood instead of despised or run from. A few days ago I saw her, and she was the face of a small little girl who desperately wanted to play.   And not just play, but to share that play time with others.   She is a longing for tribe and community.   For the kind of community that you can just sit and be with, roaming around the same house doing what you do, and finding those little moments of togetherness, sharing, and connection in a dance of all dances.   The kind of community who sees more of you than you do and wants to support you in being that. Who values the way that you live and be, the gifts of your emotions and your expression of love and compassion, where there is room for you to act out if you need to, where people make space for your differences and help you and everyone...
Womb Wraps- Why and How to use one

Womb Wraps- Why and How to use one

A few months ago, Claire contacted me about her womb wraps and graciously sent me one. I have always been a supporter of things that honor the female body, and this especially is something that provides warmth and support to the hips and pelvic bowl in a simple way. These are handmade items that come straight from the heart. I asked Claire a few questions about her wraps and these are her answers. You can see her work and where to buy them at her site www.cherishingwomen.org. 1) What inspired you to make the wraps?   My inspiration of the wraps was/is the protective holding quality which encourages tenderness,care and love. I needed to feel safe, held and protected; to enjoy and delight in the deliciousness of being a woman. I was feeling a deep need to be held and nurtured.I wanted to create a very real and practical holding for my body that could support the vulnerabilities I felt around being exposed and open. I am passionate about how we as women can love and cherish our innate knowing and our unique feminine ways and stay close with the needs of our bodies,hearts and minds.I am inspired by our innate connection to something bigger and our wild feminine nature. I wanted something that could hold me in deepening into that. I am inspired by growth and development and sinking deeper into who we innately are and what can resource and support that process.     2) Tell us about your process for making them.    I was using scarves and pieces of material and they kept falling off, so I started to experiment with a pattern and what could...
Spring: The Season of Vision, Possibility, and Renewal

Spring: The Season of Vision, Possibility, and Renewal

Element: WOOD Organs: Liver (Yin), Gall Bladder (yang) Emotion: ‘Anger’- Forceful, noisy, vigorous energy which propels something forward Virtues: Vision, Purpose, Hope, Birth, Growth, Regeneration, Vitality, Fertility Taste: Sour Body Elements: Eyes, Tendons, Ligaments, Mind, Energetic Signature: Strength, Vision, and Purpose. The seed of life has burst open and is seeking to come to the surface to find light and nourishment so that it may carry out it’s vision to full fruition. A sense of growth, purpose, and hope begin to arise in our spirits and bodies. We are little seeds bursting from the soil and seeking our own light, sun, nutrients, and resting spots.   We just passed through the Spring equinox, the time of year that marks the beginning of spring. This season is related to the wood element, and the specific organ systems in the body, the liver and the gall bladder (both the organs themselves and the meridians that connect to them).   Before we get into spring, let’s briefly review the winter season so we can understand the connection between the two. In winter, a time of water, kidneys, and stillness, I mentioned that   “This season (winter) is a time when your system is re-organizing and restructuring your energetic and spiritual “Backbone” to support the coming year, and you may not even know really what’s in store. It can feel challenging with our cultural conditioning because this kind of growth occurs underneath and  beyond. It is not seen. And it requires slowing down, more stillness, and much more care. It is a time where we are in the dark, in the soil, where outside...