Updated: Jan 5
Greetings – this is the Cold Dew stage of the fall season. The early morning dew reminds us that cool is turning to cold. It is past the time of barefoot walking. Sandals are out, boots are in. Warm feet and warm neck are the safety locks for this time of year. In Yoga we use asanas to move energy. In Energy medicine we use hands because they can trace electromagnetic patterns in our bodies. Energy medicine addresses the subtle energies at the level of organs, cells and the soul. These subtle energies are known in different practices as meridians, chakras, aura, triple warmer and the electrics.
Here are a few ways to ward off colds:
C5 is the vertebra at the base of the neck. It’s time to include the scarf or remember to leave it in your car. When the cold penetrates the back of the neck, it will push further internally. Quickly rub C5 with your hand vigorously to warm it back up.
In Chinese Reflexology there is a direct relationship between the lung meridian and the “invasion of external evil” or cold germs. The Reflexology point is located on the ball of the foot between the big toe and little toe. Press deeply and this will give your lung meridian an energy boost.
The Triple Warmer is the meridian that connects the energies of the immune system. Place fingers over eyes and trace across face to temples, tops of ears, down neck, shoulders and release hands to heart.
Time to fully engage from cool to warm liquids to keep your internal organs strong. Dig out that favorite soup recipe. I’d love to try yours so please share: email@example.com
This is one of mine: Any Bean Soup (I use whatever beans are in the cupboard, white beans here)
Prepare: 4 cups white beans, 1 onion chopped, one potato diced, one carrot diced, 2 cloves garlic Combine with pestle & mortar: ½ tsp thyme, ¼ tsp cayenne, 1 tsp marjoram, ½ tsp paprika, 1 tsp parsley, pinch allspice, 1 ½ tsp salt
Soften prepared ingredients in 2 cups broth, one bay leaf, then boil and simmer. You can add kudzu to thicken or 1 tbsp yeast. Warm 2 tbsp coconut milk into the mix.