Your News: Take an holistic approach for a winter health boost

Jimi the dog is full of vitality - even in the winter
Jimi the dog is full of vitality - even in the winter

Ki-Ways Tai Chi, which offers holistic therapies to people living in the Bourne area.

Part of us knows that we cannot stop the flow of the seasons any more than King Canute stopped the flow of the tide and we accept it. At the same time we would prefer to be sat outside in the sunshine than trying to keep the house warm against the cold North wind!

If only we could recapture some of the vitality and magic of our younger years when we looked forward to winter as a time of making snow men and cooking toast by an open fire! Look at the picture of my dog, Jimi playing in the frost – he loves it!

Perhaps some of the following practices can help you to adapt to the winter season.

Our natural urge is to eat heavier foods as the cold sets in. This is how it should be but as Westerners we tend to overdo this leading to excessive build-up of mucous and fats. Try putting a few extra seasonal locally grown vegetables in the casserole and a little less meat.

Onions, fresh ginger and radish are good for breaking down excess fats and mucous.

Make sure that you get enough rest. If the winter makes you want to hibernate, it is a sign that your body is trying to synchronise with the seasons – are you taking notice of the messages?

Winter is considered by most traditions to be a very spiritual time where we can explore our inner selves. Take time to reflect on what your values are in life and how to be true to yourself.

Meditation is an excellent way of recharging your batteries and touching on to your more spiritual side. It is non-religious, fulfilling and enjoyable. It is also a great way to meet new friends.

We cannot change, stop or even slow down the seasons. Learning to adapt with them can be a nourishing process. Great benefits can be gained from relatively little effort. Learn to enjoy the passage of the seasons and your whole wellbeing can be improved.

If you would like to find out more, then why not try the Winter Solstice Meditation Session on 19th and 21st December from 10.30am until 12.30pm at Wake House, 41 North Street, Bourne, PE10 9AE. Contact Ray Pawlett on 07413 620344 or ray.pawlett@o2.co.uk for more details.