These cooler climes offer a time for introspection and reflection and an opportunity for enhanced mental acuity and nourishment. When our bodies and minds are out of balance, this does indeed impact our daily and long-term health. Nutritional efforts are naturally a critical component of sustaining a healthy lifestyle. Yet, when we fail to strengthen our inner selves spiritually, this does lead to a decline in productivity, a rise in fatigue and numerous characteristics that define optimum health.
In Far Eastern circles, this concept is known as balancing the yin and the yang - the yin representing a more feminine energy and the yang representing male energy. Many scenarios in life highlight the advantages of this tug-and-pull relationship, which in union achieves harmony. Philosophical musings easily tap into striving for balance given the many benefits of all sanctities within our interconnected universe. Rather than bemoaning a rainy day, the mindful approach would find gratitude for the bounty this moisture provides our vegetation and Mother Earth. Yet, we can just as easily appreciate that the significance of a good rain does not depreciate or lessen the value of a beautiful sunny day and the health benefits provided from its rays.
Aside from our spiritual teachers from the East, we need to also recognize influencing components on this yin and yang process. What we consume indeed impacts us for the energy it provides our bodies. Thus, it's significant to understand that our moods and emotions will indeed contribute to the quality of our health and well being, along with those foods we opt to consume. This has been noted in various circles around the globe, and one that is only now gaining appreciation across societies. Common ailments in many medical circles more frequently now report the presence of bipolar disorder, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), various types of depression and ADD or ADHD, to name a few. This details but a select few of many examples illustrating how our body's chemistry does indeed impact the manifestation of various diseases, ailments and adverse impacts on maintaining optimum health. These all hold origin in the lack of appropriate balance, which thereby impacts and upsets the ideal chemical distribution for maintaining a healthy bodily function.
Just as members of our animal kingdom take this season to hibernate, we also need to take solitary time for inward growth. Whether this is found through an evening walk around the block, meditation or journaling by the fire, such reflective musings do indeed enhance productivity levels in helping each one of us attain creative insight that our busy lives often cloud. Take time for you this winter season - you will be pleasantly surprised.
This article is not meant to be construed as medical advice. Please seek the direction of a certified naturopathic or other medical physician for the treatment of disease.