Autumn – The Season of Letting Go

Autumn; the start of the yin cycle. It coincides with the time of year my Reiki attunements happened to take place. My children were much smaller then. As the years have passed by since, I have mourned and then learned, in time, to let go of the loss of their smallness: memories of their squeakyContinue reading “Autumn – The Season of Letting Go”

Late Summer – The Mellow Yellow Fifth Season

In the West, we think of the seasons as the quartet of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. And in 2021 we’ve seen the gamut of what the British summertime has to offer, from extremes of heat to almost ‘Octoberesque’ bluster. Now as the late summer fruits ripen, let us look again at the 24 SolarContinue reading “Late Summer – The Mellow Yellow Fifth Season”

At the height – and joyful heart – of Summer

21 June 2021 and the Summer Solstice, traditionally known as mid-summer, has landed! After a UK May of rain, hail, more rain, slugs and snails, and unseasonably cold temperatures, the first three weeks of June gave us a vintage heat that really did live up to the title of Sir Frederic Leighton’s painting. Summer seeminglyContinue reading “At the height – and joyful heart – of Summer”

Spring – time to rise up

The first signs of Spring are finally here! And not a moment too soon. These past few months with its repeated cycles of tiers, restrictions, and lockdowns have for many of us been brutal. Our coping mechanisms during the first lockdown were at least shored up by the sunshine, the warmth, and the longer daylightContinue reading “Spring – time to rise up”

How Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches us to live in harmony with the seasons – Winter

As Autumn draws to a close and we move into Winter, Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”) prompts us to consider how the Yin cycle continues to its peak.  The leaves have all but gone; the landscape is stripped bare. The light is pallid and a quiet descends, drawing us down into the depths of reflection andContinue reading “How Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches us to live in harmony with the seasons – Winter”