I took this photo of an old mole hill, a few years ago when the valley that I live in was covered in snow. I like the simplicity of this picture as it clearly demonstrates the concept of Yin and Yang, so central to my work as a Shiatsu practitioner.
The light, sun bleached side of the small mound of snow shows heat, movement and light. Active and dynamic, it is in stark contrast to the Yin side, the shadow, cool, motionless and without light and movement, the darker aspect, the hidden, invisible. We can recognise these aspects in ourselves and in our lives, in the weather, our mood and the ever-changing kaleidoscope that is our health. Winter is the time for reflection, of hunkering down, eating warming stews and broths, of reading, resting and digesting.
New year can often be a time of celebration and welcoming in the "new" and the promise of change and hope of fulfilment of dreams and desires. It's also about saying goodbye to the year just past and letting it go. This can sometimes be sad with an accompanying sense of loss....another year gone. One reason why personally I prefer a more reflective, quieter new year that honours and acknowledges what has gone before. I then like to focus on the present and the future during January as this is often a good time to affirm my ideas for the coming year and put plans in place.
Whatever your thoughts for 2020 and beyond, I wish you a peaceful, activated and heart centred new year.
I have some appointment slots at Chippenham Natural Health Centre on Tuesdays throughout January (with 10% off for first timers) and I also carry out home visits throughout the week. Contact me on 07952640677 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to start 2020 with some comforting and grounding Shiatsu.