WinterWinter is yin. It is an inward time and a time to keep warm. We need to nourish ourselves with warm foods that are packed with energy to keep us going during this season. Just as you wouldn't wear white linen pants on a blustery, cold and snowy day, you should refrain from eating cold, raw, food such as lettuce salad during the winter as this could be damaging to your digestion and weaken you over time. We need to take our own health as seriously as the health of our car which we take for a tune-up before the winter.
SpringSpring is a time of growth and new life. Just as we do some spring cleaning of our homes, we can also do some spring cleaning of our bodies. It is a great time to do a medically supervised cleanse. We need to partake in the food of the season including all kinds of shoots and sprouts and bitter greens that grow this time of year. We need to use all of the energy that we stored throughout the winter and get outdoors for brisk walks and hikes.
SummerThe summer is a natural time for expansion, growth and creativity. As the days lengthen and the sun strengthens, the luxurious bounties of the world enter and enliven us! Just as in nature, summer is a time to express our yang qualities through self-expression, joyfulness and outward activities. However, too much heat, sun and joy can also be harmful to our health. Heat and sun burn & scorch and can be drying. In high humidity, we are also open to pathogens such as damp heat. We must be wary of excess and take care to keep balance in our lives during the summer.
FallLike the earth, we need to extinguish the fire element of summer, finding time to rest and rejuvenate in the season of transition - Autumn. It is now a time to harvest the bounty that grew during the summer so we can store up for the cold winter ahead. It is a time to organize, work hard, and finish projects that you began in spring and summer. Like spring, autumn is also a good time to do a supervised cleanse. It is a time to take inventory of our lives and to make peace with ourselves and others. We eat all of the lovely squashes, pumpkins, apples and spices.