In the winter, bears store up energy by cuddling up in a warm place and going into a hibernation sleep. It’s in their nature to nurture themselves so that they are ready to play again in Spring. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that responding properly to our environment each season will help us gain health. We have to be like the bears and stay warm and cozy in the winter.
It is important to cover our head and neck to protect ourselves from cold winds. Traditional Chinese medicine says that a person can get sick from something going out of balance on the inside of our bodies or from something in the environment affecting us from the outside. Covering up and keeping warm will help our body defend itself from environmental influences.
The place between our lower back and our lower belly is where our vital energy is stored—the energy that makes our bodies go—so it is also important to keep our lower back and bellies warm. We can do that with clothing and by eating warm food like soups and stews.
Your family can try this recipe for vegan Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal that cooks overnight in the crockpot. Your kitchen will smell like someone was baking muffins overnight and you will have good, warm food to eat.
We can restore our vital energy and store it up for Spring by making sure it doesn’t get wasted fighting off the cold. Protect yourself from the cold! Cover your head, neck, belly, hands, and toes!