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Now is the Time to Awake.

Posted by Gwen Williams on March 1, 2017 at 10:55 AM

Signs of spring and the lengthening daylight are telling us it is time. It is time to awaken from the cold, hibernation, introspection and protectionism, and some aspects of fear, that represent the Winter-Water Element in traditional medicine.

 

We need to ready our hearts and souls for change. We need to begin or continue to question the norms, customs, expectations and beliefs that others impose on us. It is not easy to be who you really are. It is especially hard to break...

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Thanksgiving & Gratitude

Posted by Gwen Williams on October 7, 2016 at 5:10 PM

The sunflower is such a happy flower. It is almost looks like it is smiling. It helps me remember to be thankful as I look out at this wonderful plant from my office desk.


The state of gratitude is such a calming state of mind and is a wonderful place from which to view the world. It has the power of drawing goodness to itself and creating more reasons to be thankful. Gratitude not only benefits those at which it is directed but also enriches the one who generates it.

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The Secret to Longevity

Posted by Gwen Williams on June 2, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Time goes by so fast when you are busy. I wonder therefore if you age more quickly when you have a lot going on? I wonder if a person could stay younger, longer by slowing down and living more simply?

 

According to the “Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine (The Neijing)”, there were four types of ancient peoples that existed on earth, a long time ago, that lived very long lives and did not display the usual signs of aging. The Immortals lived the lo...

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Emotions - the Good and the Bad

Posted by Gwen Williams on April 3, 2016 at 9:55 PM

 

Tonight I watched Extreme Makeover on TV. I like decorating shows and in this episode, a family in need were gifted a new home. How wonderful! Earlier I had been sitting out on the deck listening to loons and feeling peaceful and calm. Now that had changed. I cried my eyes out. I found myself feeling weepy and reflecting on more difficult times in my own past.

 

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a measure of the ability to “manage” our emotions in a way...

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Living Simply for Longevity

Posted by Gwen Williams on March 22, 2016 at 12:35 AM

I am not sure I would want to live forever but long and healthy would be nice. My translated copy of the “Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine”, describes four types of ancient people (Immortals, Sages, Achieved Beings and Naturalists) that lived very long and accomplished lives.

 

These folks did not display the usual signs of aging and were able to travel freely outside the conventional view of time and space. They could see and hear far beyond what was co...

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Time to Celebrate

Posted by Gwen Williams on October 31, 2015 at 10:10 AM

The colours of the leaves, in this part of the world, are glorious this time of year. The weather alternates between cool, warm, calm and wind signifying change is upon us. Fall is the Metal Element. Its colour is white. It governs our lungs and large intestines and it affects the skin, nose, water passages, mucous membranes, respiration and voice. The emotions associated with fall are grief and letting go.

 

Instead of slipping into sadness and regret, now is the time to be ...

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An Ode to My Father

Posted by Gwen Williams on June 24, 2015 at 8:25 AM

 

I miss my father still even though he passed away a long time ago. He was from the older generation where children were "meant to be seen and not heard" as he would say. He also did not allow anyone to talk about "politics, money, sex or religion" because that is what they did in the Navy. He also told me to "never rock the boat". As a result, our house was very quiet.

 

My father never backed down from a problem and when things were not working out he just used...

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Spring has Sprung but Have You?

Posted by Gwen Williams on May 24, 2015 at 10:55 AM

Spring is the time of the wood element. For all of us the excitement mounts as the weather gets warmer and we can look forward to getting outside more. People, who are constitutionally “wood” types, like to be busy and will be especially anxious to break free of the confines of the winter cocoon to pioneer their new adventure. These folks will have well developed plans, be focused and ready to adapt and conquer any obstacle to obtain their goals.

 

The wood elemen...

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The Dead of Winter

Posted by Gwen Williams on February 19, 2015 at 8:25 AM

 

It is really hard to stay upbeat when the news reports are warning us of another storm and more shovelling. Where to put it all…? Our leisure activities and travel has been reduced and that leaves us a lot of time to think about things.

 

That is not a bad thing really. Winter is all about going inward, hibernating in a way and conserving our energy. We can think about what we are doing in our lives and review where we really want to be. This is the real be...

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When Earth Transitions to Metal

Posted by Gwen Williams on October 3, 2014 at 10:05 PM

We have just entered our decent into fall-autumn where the glory of the summer warmth hangs suspended in our memories. Late summer is the peak time of the earth element when the colours of the landscape show up in many variations of yellow (the colour of the earth element) and the harvest is ready.

 

Late summer is a time of peace and of abundance. Just as the dense earth nourishes and roots the trees, so too do the organs of the spleen and stomach nourish and...

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This is Earth Time

Posted by Gwen Williams on September 20, 2014 at 10:05 PM

We have arrived at the time of year where we are suspended between summer and our decent into fall where the glory of summer hangs in suspension. This is the peak time of the Earth element when the colours of the landscape have started to yellow (the colour of the earth element) and the harvest is ready. The shadows grow longer and the water takes on the sheen of mercury as we notice the freshness of the air at dawn and dusk.

 

This is a time of peace and of abundance...

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Wake up and see the Weeds

Posted by Gwen Williams on July 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

We live in paradise and each of us has carved out our own unique, unconventional homesteads dotted in every nook and cranny along the shore. People from town are sometimes uncomfortable at first as they travel along our roads. They see big houses, small ones, bright and many colors, additions in odd configurations, lavish and humble, all mixed together.

 

Today while mowing my lawn, I became increasingly uncomfortable as I saw how I was decapitating the tops of the lovely lit...

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What to eat? Looking Back in Time for Perspective

Posted by Gwen Williams on April 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM

There is so much confusion and conflicting reports about what we need to eat to be healthy that many people are saying, “I don’t know what to eat anymore.” My thought is that surely someone smart enough to stick the human race on this planet, would be smart enough to give us the resources to survive and thrive.

 

The discussion about the latest and greatest super food and arch villain of the edible world, is almost as popular as the weather. (Almost) Everyon...

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A New Twist on Spring Cleaning

Posted by Gwen Williams on March 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Do you ever find yourself drawn to a particular book on your bookshelf or at a bookstore? I came in the house the other night to find that the cats had knocked one of my books, out of the bookshelf, and into the middle of the living room floor. I took this as a sign that perhaps there was something in this book I was supposed to read.

 

Today I finally opened the book. It was called: “Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui”, by Karen Kingston. I have lots of Feng Shui ...

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Enjoy the Now

Posted by Gwen Williams on January 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Just this morning I was woke up with a knocking sound on the wall. My big orange cat was pawing at the TV, bumping it against the wall and making the noise that tells me the food bowl is empty. He knows that signal gets me up in big hurry.

 

Then as soon as I got up, my little dog was very keen on going outside right away to “explore”. I was immediately faced with a cool blast of fresh clean air to shake off the grogginess and noticed the wonderland of bea...

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Changes

Posted by Gwen Williams on December 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

This has been a period of many changes. (In retrospect this was a period of GREAT and MANY changes from 2010 to 2013:


1. I was finishing up my 3 year training program in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. In 2009, my children had put me on a dating site without asking my permission. I was not happy about that. I loved my contented solitary life. However I was learning in Chinese medicine that it was not good to be alone, so I stayed on that horrid dating site. I didn't enjoy...

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Getting Ready for Winter

Posted by Gwen Williams on November 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I like this time of year. The air is so fresh and clean. Soon we will enjoy the silence of snow. Summer and fall are loud months. Voices carry on the wind, on the water and people are always outside laughing, talking and being busy. Have you ever noticed how much snow insulates and buffers out noise and sounds? If you are a “water element” like myself, you will look forward to the quiet, slower pace of winter.

 

Winter is a time of hibernation, contemplati...

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Nutrition: It is not just about what you eat

Posted by Gwen Williams on August 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Did you know that the nature or properties of the foods you eat, how you eat and your frame of mind, affects nutritional intake and ultimate wellness?

 

The stomach and spleen are paired in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and together this system, along with the lung/large intestine system, provides the life-giving energy the body needs to feed and protect itself. Many imbalances and health issues according to TCM diagnosis, start with stomach/spleen issues. Western medica...

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It is Summer!

Posted by Gwen Williams on July 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM

As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, summer is fire and is about the heart, relationships, joy, laughter and heat. That could also translate to passion in intimate relationships and lots of socializing and partying in our wider scope of friendship. The heart helps us be our true self and works with our intuition. It is paired with the small intestine representing clarity, discernment and judgement which helps us see what is good for us and who is not.

 

The heart op...

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Aromatherapy and Stress

Posted by Gwen Williams on July 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Fragrances can move us, bring back memories, improve memory, give us courage and change our mood to help us feel more positive, energized, happy, relaxed, aroused, sleepy or creative. Essential oils activate the olfactory system (sense of smell) to trigger the brain and affect mechanisms for mood or healing. When used therapeutically, aromatherapy is considered a form of alternative medicine.

 

Essential oils come from natural sources, mostly plants that are either co...

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