natural awakenings magazine articles of 2021

"Revitalize Your Life Force Energy (Qi)" March/2021

Various situations negatively impact the flow of Qi, causing it to become deficient or stagnant rather than remaining in a harmonious state. Without consciously realizing it, the energetic body picks things up throughout the day that need to be released, otherwise they build up and produce negative effects. This may manifest in feeling out of sorts, unusually fatigued or angry for no apparent reason. A current example is having to deal with the emotional, mental and physical distress stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Other causes of qi disharmony include: accidents, insufficient nutrition, extremes in temperature as well as a prolonged bouts of emotional imbalance such as depression.

Chinese medicine works to regain balance and wellness through cleansing, cultivating and renewing the flow of qi.

"The Life Energy of Your Eyes" February/2021

We learn from Chinese medicine that one’s eyes are a reflection of the quality and quantity of their shen – the spiritual aspect of being that controls and regulates life. Within this paradigm, eyes which are bright, sparkling, clear and responsive indicate a strong and ample shen substance. Strong shen leads to higher levels of realization and spiritual acu-ity, along with enhanced insight and strength of conviction. And quite importantly, a strong and bright shen promotes being more present in the moment and having the mental acuity for making important life decisions.

"Welcome in the Year of the Ox" January/2021

2020 was the Year of the Rat which won’t occur again until 2032. The Year of the Ox is approaching as it begins February 12th and ends on January 31st. In general, it is related to the element of earth, the energy of yin and the season of winter. Although just like the previous year, this one is directly related to the metal element. Moreover, it is specifically applicable to those born in 1913, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009.
Diligence, dependability and honesty are the qualities traditionally associated with the ox, along with robustness and determination. This includes having great pa-tience and desire to make progress through consistent effort. In this vein, one stays true to their ideals in understanding how things need to take place without being influenced by others. This allows people to achieve their goals through applying inner strength with clear vision – along with a set plan containing detailed steps required to move forward successfully. These qualities are coming forth at the perfect, most opportune time in terms of triumphing over the current COVID challenges.


Read Shoshanna's articles from 2020