Today, December 21st, is the shortest day of 2020, and of course this is followed by the longest night.

What are you finding for yourself in these long hours of darkness?

This time of the year is considered the deepest Yin- 'the Yin of the Yin' in Chinese medicine.  Ideally this would be the time of restoration, doing less, of seeking deep nourishment and stillness.  For me, the pandemic and increased restrictions has created a container for this to happen, more than any other year, and wow, it has been wonderful.  Yes, of course I miss the in-person celebrations and gatherings and other traditions that won't happen this year.  But in it's place I have found a slower pace, more ease, more patience and more peace.  I find myself cherishing the few traditions that can still take place, and able to really appreciate them in a more authentic way.  For this I am incredibly grateful and I hope to carry this seed into 2021 and beyond, when things 'open up' again and we are lured towards that frantic race again.  I want to remember how good it felt to allow the earth's celestial rhythms to become my own, and to allow Yin to flourish during the darkest time of the year.

The darkness can also be challenging, in particular during this time of increased isolation.  If you or someone you care about is struggling right now please reach out.  We are honored to support you or connect you with the right resources to navigate these unique times.

I wish you and yours deep peace and restoration during this holiday season,

Kara


This is the solstice, the still point
of the sun, its cusp and midnight
the year's threshold
and unlocking, where the past
let's go and becomes the future:
the place of caught breath, the door
of a vanished house left ajar.
by Margaret Atwood

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Homemade Chai Tea!

Here is a delicious homemade chai recipe from Sarah Wilson L.Ac., MAOM. Nothing like this aroma to transport you for a moment while working from your home office or spending another evening right at home!

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Shop Local!

The holidays are a perfect time to support local businesses. Did you know our Elderberry Syrup is made here in Minneapolis? Elderberry Queen was founded by a Minnesota Mom. Call or email to arrange a contactless pick up today!