Spend Time Near Water to Keep Yourself Balanced During Dry Winters
While the warm weather we’ve been having here in the Rockies has been lovely, a lack of snow and rain can actually be detrimental to our health if we do not take time to balance what is missing.
We are not yet officially in the season associated with Water, but it is just around the corner. Our days are almost at their peak of shortness which means Yang is at its lowest point of the year; and typically, it would be much colder, which is Yin, and our environment would be filled with snow and ice. Because our summer was so dry and lacking its usual thunder and lightening storms, and our winter season is off to an incredibly dry start, it is even more important that we get out to our local creeks and streams to increase our exposure to Water.
Acupuncture theory has its own explanation for the benefits of spending time near water during the Water Element season, but let’s take a look at the Western perspective.
The air around us is filled with positively and negatively charged particles, which are called “ions”. Stormy skies and moving water (or any breaking of the surface tension of water such as lightening, misty days, etc) fill the air with negative ions, which are the scientific secret and explanation behind water’s health benefits. While both positive and negative ions occur naturally, only the negative ions are beneficial to our health, the positive ones being the culprit to the commonly known problem of “free radicals”. Because our environment and bodies are filled with so many more positive ions than in the past, due to:
it is even more important that we take the time to surround ourselves with the negative ions whenever possible.
Benefits of negative ions
Fort Collins area is filled with rivers and lakes, so do yourself a favor, get ready for Water season and give yourself a pre-boost by getting out there and taking walks along our beautiful waterways.
And stay tuned for my Winter/Water Element newsletter which will be coming out in a couple weeks, and which will go into more details about the Water Element and what you can do to stay balanced during winter.