It is nearly midwinter! Winter solstice being next Thursday 21st December. The seeming still point, where the seed of yang exists in the middle of the expansion of yin as demonstrated by the ubiquitous Yin Yang symbol. A potent visual clue to the flow of opposites.
Chinese and Taoist philosophy and practices are very much influenced by the idea of flow. As seasons flow into each other, so life force energy flows around the body. In traditional Chinese medicine and 5 element theory the season we are in now - WINTER is associated with the kidneys.
The kidneys are energetically connected to the ears and are physically located under the floating ribs (lowest ribs) above the waist line and one inch to each side of the spine. The kidneys' meridians run down to the feet to the points on the sole of the feet called Bubbling Spring.
The Yin organ of the Kidneys - paired with the yang organ of the bladder, are identified with Winter, and accordingly the idea of winter. Thus the colour for the kidneys is a dark blue black, the energetics are calm gentle rejuvenating stillness. As you would expect the kidneys are generally cool, though fear, the negative emotion associated with the kidneys can make them cold.
The element for the kidneys is water.
The animal for the kidneys is either the deer or the turtle. I think the deer is particularly seasonal. Interestingly enough only female deers keep their antlers in winters hence those sleigh pulling santa rudolphs are actually females! ha!
Additionally the kidneys are seen as belonging to and influenced by the direction of the North, the direction of ancestors and wisdom. Wisdom being also stored as a resource accessible through the kidneys and accessed through gentleness.
According to the Tao, kidneys store our reserved life force energy, or the essence of life, called Jing. Kidneys are where the Zhi, or Intention Spirit, lives. Our will power depends on the kidneys and when it is strong, not only we can recover or avoid illness, but we are likely to be successful in life - singlehandedly accomplishing difficult goals. When the emotions in the kidneys are balanced, we have less fear and stress while gentleness, calmness and peace become more apparent. Good kidney energy is essential for conception.
HOT TIPS ON HOW TO HELP
YOUR KIDNEYS :
1) ESSENTIAL OILS.
Treat yourself to a hot bath with essential oil. Here are some Essential Oils that strengthen the water element:
GINGER empowers our ability to make swift affirming action warming the Yang of the kidneys and augmenting the Will (Zhi).
JUNIPER BERRY is similar. Great for people who tend to isolate themselves when in difficulty. It helps us drive away doubts and restores our resolve to overcome life obstacles. CEDARWOOD is a classic kidney oil, holds us steady and firm and fortifies the Will (Zhi). Brilliant for transforming a feeling of victimisation into resilience and strength and also great for cystitis.
ALTERNATIVELY put 3 drops of your chosen oil on your hands, add some carrier oil (almond, sunflower etc etc) rub them vigorously then place them on your back where your kidneys are. Smile into your kidneys and imagine a beautiful blue black colour. Smile into your kidneys and fill them with the feeling of gentleness.
Restorative guided meditation directing the flow of attention to the kidneys linked to the bladder is a requisite for people who are feeling weak and depleted as well as a great nurturing practice you can do for yourself.
Treat your kidneys well and always remember that " When your kidneys are strong, your will power will be strong."
Essential Oil information from - Gabriel Mojay - Aromatherapy for Healing The Spirit.