“Summertime is always the best of what might be” – Charles Bowden
Summer is the most Yang (active, open) time of the year. The energy of the season is joy and expansion, so you’ll naturally feel more outgoing and energised. In Chinese Medicine, Summer is associated with the Fire element and the Heart and Small Intestine channels. Fire:
The festive season can be a time of challenge and stress; increased social commitments, work deadlines, the feeling the loss of loved ones or financial pressures.
Metaphysically, the shoulders represent responsibility and how well you do (or don’t) manage them. Do your responsibilities feel like a burden? Do you feel weighed down by chores and jobs? Do you take on inappropriate responsibility for others’ needs or emotions? Constantly tight shoulders can indicate you’re not taking enough time for you and your self growth.
Balance is the key to thriving this season. You’ll naturally feel more energised and social at this time of year, but be conscious of not pushing to the point of burn out. Ask yourself:
Throughout Summer, make it your intention to maintain your self-care and balance activity with reflection time.
Be balanced and at your best this Summer, book a Summer Session! Book your appointment online or call 0423 493 255.
- Nadine x
“Oh, Spring! I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration. My old things seem dead. I want fresh contacts, more vital searching.” ~ Emily Carr
Spring is a time of growth, expansion, change and new beginnings. The energy of the season is more Yang (active, motivating) in quality. Consider some of these common spring phrases:
All of these phrases speak to the energy and growth of the season. Out with the old and in with the new! But feeling ‘stuck’ happens. Anger and frustration can come up. You may know exactly what you want to achieve but, try as you might, you just can’t get it happening. On the other hand, you may not have a clear idea of ‘where to next’. So you don’t take any action. Because you can’t.
In Chinese medicine, Spring is associated with the Wood element and the Liver and Gall Bladder channels. Wood:
Metaphysically, the feet, ankles and knees are associated with life direction. They represent movement (forward, backwards and sideways) and agility. Specifically:
In order to make changes though, we must have a clear idea of where we’re going. We need to see the bigger picture. Otherwise it’s like driving a car with a foggy windscreen. If you’ve got the courage to accelerate, you’ll certainly end up somewhere … but maybe not where you want to be! Metaphysically, this is represented by the eyes, ears and nose. Specifically:
The return of Spring brings the return of the sun and our own inner light. It is awakening and shines a light on the areas of ourselves that we may wish to avoid (avoidance = eyes and ears). It's time to put into action the ideas and inspirations you've been peculating over winter. But what happens if you're stuck? To harness the Spring energy:
Take care until next time,
Here in Melbourne we’re right in the heart of winter. It’s cold, it’s wet but haven’t we been blessed with some beautiful sunny days! I hope you're enjoying those slices of sunshine and warmth as much as I am!
Winter is a time of retreat and stillness. We’re in the most Yin (quiet, cold) phase of the year and the energy of the season supports inward looking and reflective activities. It’s the perfect time to take stock and reflect on your inner and outer worlds. Think of where you were 3, 6 and 12 months ago. How have things changed? How have you changed?
Winter also represents the time of the ‘shadow’; the unconscious and most hidden parts of ourselves. Do you fear and avoid these darkest parts of yourself? Or do you have the courage to look at and work with your shadow aspects?
In Chinese medicine, Winter is associated with the Water element, the colour black and the Kidney and Bladder meridians.
photo: "Winter beach" ~ @nadineamber_
Embracing the energy of Winter
How would things be different if you could slow down (without guilt!) and listen to your body more? What if you were consistently in tune with your intuition? How does fear show up in your life? Do you struggle with motivation and willpower?
Embrace the heart of winter with a Winter session. Book your appointment online or call 0423 493 255.
Today in the Southern hemisphere is the Autumn Equinox (Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere), where night and day are close to equal duration. The Autumnal Equinox is celebrated as ‘Mabon’ in the Celtic and Pagan traditions and the mid-Autumn/moon cake festival in Chinese culture (celebrated during Chinese Autumn in October).
Autumn is considered a time of harvest, both literally and symbolically. It’s the time to ‘reap what you’ve sown’ throughout spring and summer and enjoy the bounty of your hard work. Autumn also marks the beginning of the annual Yin cycle, that of slowing down, gathering and storing resources to prepare for the winter ahead. It's a time of organisation and bringing your attention inwards.
In Chinese medicine, Autumn is represented by the Metal element and the Lung and Large Intestine meridians.
Now is the time to stand still (just as night at day stand at equal lengths) and reflect. Celebrate your successes with gratitude (aka bring in the harvest!). Review your ‘non-successes’ - which projects, dreams or goals weren’t realised? In clinic, I encourage you to acknowledge and celebrate your wins. When we review ‘how have you been since last session’, this is also an opportunity to reflect, acknowledge and celebrate. This is particularly relevant for the ‘high achievers’ (how Metal!) who are often so busy looking forward to the next goalpost, they don't see how far they've come.
How would things be different if you acknowledged and celebrated your successes? If you were thankful? If things didn't have to be perfect and your best was good enough? Would you life be any easier if you could easily let go of what no longer served? What if you saw your own value and worth?
Get in touch for your 'Autumn tune-up' session and be at your best this season! Book your appointment online or call 0423 493 255.Nadine x
Seasons Greetings! I hope you’re enjoying the sprouting of Summer. Summer is a time of strength and vitality. It’s the most Yang (active and expansive) of the seasons and the time where you naturally feel most energised, extroverted and joyful. With the longer days and increased sunshine, coupled with end of year festivities, you’ve likely been more active and social these past few weeks. In Summer, you utilise the energy you carefully cultivated throughout Winter and Spring.
At this very Yang time of year, it’s important to incorporate the Yin (rest and reflection) to maintain balance and to ensure you don’t over exert. Be honest with yourself and others as to how much you can take on - the ‘I can do it all’ attitude has a habit of leading to burn out.
In Chinese medicine, Summer is represented by the Fire element and Late Summer by the Earth element.
Summer: the Fire element and Heart meridian
December and the lead up to Christmas can be an equally exciting and stressful time of year. You may be feeling burdened by responsibilities and commitments (is your ‘to do’ list out of control?), feeling triggered by personal or financial stresses, feeling the loss of loved ones not here to share Christmas or not looking after yourself as well as you could. The common outcome to all this is overwhelm.
How would things be different if you were clear, connected and grounded? Or if you prevented (not just managed) overwhelm? How would your relationships change if you welcomed authentic and deep connections or if you could say ‘no’ more often?
Keep your cool this Summer with a Summer session. Book your appointment online or call 0423 493 255.
- Nadine x
Spring is a time of renewal and regeneration. The longer days and returning light signal that it's time to emerge from the winter retreat and get going. An analogy I love, and often use, is that of the seed. In Spring, the seed that was nurtured and cared for throughout winter (in human terms: appropriate food, rest and reflective activities) sprouts and bursts through the ground with great force. The seed is in harmony with the cycles of nature and knows it's time to grow. And grow it will!
The energy of Spring is movement and growth. When we're in harmony with the cycles of nature, we naturally move, change and grow at this time of year.
In Chinese medicine, Spring is represented by the Wood element, the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians and the colour green. It is a strong, motivating energy that propels us to go forward.
The return of the light is like the dawning of a new day. It brings awakening, renewal and light to those aspects of self that need attention. Areas where you don't want to look (you'll notice resistance or procrastination) are usually exactly where you need to do some work.
The typical Wood/Spring imbalances I see in clinic are:
Sound familiar at all? These imbalances can show up in all areas of life, including life-path, career, relationships, physical health and spiritual growth.
My goal is to empower you with the clarity, skills and motivation to move forward AND slow down where necessary. A big part of our work is helping to re-pattern any unconscious or negative beliefs that block your growth.
How would things be different if you were clear, energised and motivated? How would things be different if you could slow down when needed or express your anger appropriately? Or if you were flexible enough to adapt to new ways of being, new ideas without being a 'doormat' to other people’s needs?
Renew your mind, body and spirit with a Spring session. Book your appointment online or call 0423 493 255.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Winter is the most ‘Yin’ phase of the year, a time of stillness and introspection. The energy of nature has turned inward; it’s cold and dark outside meaning that the natural pace is slow and steady. How do you cope with this period of cold and stillness? Do you resist it, get grumpy, and use your will to maintain your usual fast pace and ‘push on’ through? Or do you embrace it, bunkering down for rest and inner work?
For many people, Winter is hardest season to embrace. As a society we have a love of doing, striving and ‘pushing on’ – very non-Winter qualities! Winter is the time for inner work and conserving and storing energy for the year ahead. Just as a seed has a period where nothing appears to be happening, the same is so in Winter. There is work going on, but it’s under the surface. It’s internal. It’s quiet. Proper conservation of energy during Winter is essential, and will help your inner seed burst forth in spring.
If you struggle with Winter, here are a few handy tips to make it a little smoother:
The shortest day of the year, the Winter solstice, is happening on Tue 21 June. In the Celtic tradition, Winter solstice marks the rebirth of the sun and the return of our own inner light. Traditionally it is celebrated by bonfire and drinking spiced (mulled) wine or mead with those closest to you.
In Chinese medicine, Winter is associated with the Water element, the Kidney and Bladder channels and the adrenal glands. The energy of Water supports us to:
In late March I bid a fond farewell to my clinic at Clay, in Carlton North. I moved out with the help of a dear friend, up and down the rickety staircase we went! The transition to practicing fully at my Thornbury clinic was smooth and I’m pleased to say it’s got the tick of approval from clients who previously saw me at Clay. If it’s been a while since your last session, come by and meet my Thornbury space.
Need some help embracing the stillness of this season or restoring your inner reserves? Book your appointment online or call 0423 493 255.
I look forward to seeing you soon!