Staying in Harmony with the Seasons: Winter

Chinese medicine is an applied philosophy that holds that health is enhanced when we live in harmony with the world. It is a philosophy that reminds us that our world is a dynamic, changing place. And to stay in harmony with the world, and with ourselves, we also need to be dynamic and responsive to the changes around us. Our world changes in predictable and unpredictable ways. The seasons roll through, the warmth of summer cools to the chill of winter. The weather changes, the world changes. And we are given the opportunity to change with it. Winter is a time of stillness and quiet. A time of yin. A time to reflect on the year, on ourselves.

In asian medicine, we can bring ourselves into closer harmony with the world and the seasons, by changing the kinds of foods we eat through the year. Food, in Chinese medicine, was a medicinal herb, another way to powerfully affect our health. By making conscious food choices that change in subtle ways through the seasons, we speak to the cycles within our body. We remind ourselves that we are also dynamically changing beings. We bring ourselves into resonance with the seasons, and into harmony with the world. By doing so, we increase our ability to use the energy around and within us. We affect our health in profound ways.

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What Is Qigong?

"Qigong" is a chinese word.

"Qi" means vital energy.

"Gong" is skill -- skill that comes from dedicated self-cultivation.

The combined term "Qigong" is often translated as "Energy work" or "Energy Skill"and is the name for a mind-body practice that integrates physical motion, breath, and visualization techniques to cultivate vital energy for the practitioner.
Qigong is a part of many internal martial arts practices, where it is used to develop and refine the practitioner's ability to move energy, or Qi, through his or her body.
Qigong is practiced by millions of people worldwide to improve their physical, mental and emotional health. It is a highly effective way to rejuvenate your health, calm your mind and nourish your spirit.

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