It seems to be the season you either love or hate, but like it or not, winter is upon us. The Winter Solstice marks the day with the longest night and the shortest day of the year. At least the days can only get longer and lighter from here!
Winter is the most yin time of the year. This means it's time to be more introverted and retrospective. Slow down and observe what is happening in nature and inside of you. The energy is cold, dark, quiet, and pulls inward to conserve strength for the springtime.
The winter is all about the Kidney, so first let's take a look at what the Kidney means in TCM.
THE KIDNEY IN TCM
The Kidney's element is water, its emotion is fear, its corresponding yang organ is the urinary bladder, its taste is salt, it's color is black, it houses will power, it manifests its energy in the hair, ears, and bones, its planet is Mercury, its sound is groaning, and its direction is downward and inward. The Kidney's are the source of the body's yuan qi, or original qi. This means it stores the reserve energy you need to last for your entire life, allowing you to grow, prevent illness, heal disease, and age gracefully. Therefore it is important to nourish your Kidney qi during the winter months, when it becomes the most vulnerable.