Happy 2018. Though a new year is upon us and many of us are eager to leave behind 2017, throwing ourselves head first into new routines, we are still in the dream space of Winter, ruled by the Water element in Chinese medicine. This is a time to sleep more and envision what you want to create come spring. To be clear: don't start your engines quite yet! Take time to dream now. More momentum and support will arrive come March and April for new projects and workout plans.
Though the New Year inspires resolutions and a feeling of freshness, we are actually in the dead of winter. A season meant for rest and relaxation, for reflection and envisioning what we will attempt when the sun begins to shine again. You might think of this time as a chance to imagine without worrying about the how's and when's that reveal themselves in response to a clear idea of what. The season invites us into these moments and if we heed the wisdom of the Earth, then we get to look forward to welcoming the spring a little smarter, a little fresher, and a little more inspired.
Quick tips on how to align with the Water element and season of winter:
- Begin by starting a dream journal, jotting down your dreams each morning before you get out of bed.
- Write down your ideas for the year ahead, pay special attention to the ones that come when you are most relaxed or not trying .. the ones that come while chopping vegetables or in the shower.
- Nourish your bones - the part of the body governed by Water - with bone broths and warm soups.
- Self-care with bodywork, acupuncture, warm baths
A meditation: lay on your back or sit in a supported position with feet on the floor and let your attention settle on your spine. The spine is the center of your body and it is about 2-3 inches front to back starting with the cervical spine (base of skull) and getting wider until it's about 4-5 inches front to back in the lumbar spine (low back). Settle in and feel how your spine supports you. You may sit here for as little or as long as you'd like. As a beginning, a minute or two is great. When you feel complete, gently touch your arms, legs, torso and jot down any words, images or sensations that came to you.
A writing prompt: begin a sentence with, "I have a dream ..." and write for 7 minutes without picking up your pen. Write anything that comes, even if it's nonsense. Do not allow yourself to read as you go. The purpose here is to welcome freedom of expression, to start a practice of uninhibited creation! Have fun.