Balance Through the Holidays

Shopping, parties, consuming, baking, oh my! Overbooked and overwhelmed is often the way the holiday season goes. And it doesn’t have to be that way. Consumerism and FOMO (fear of missing out) need not dictate our holiday season/winter this year. We get to choose: what we participate in, our daily rhythm and party schedule, our attitude, our gift purchasing, what we focus on. It is empowering to come to a point of recognition that just because we have done things a certain way in the past doesn’t mean it need be our future. 

Winter is naturally a time of reflection and hibernation. Historically, winter celebrations were gatherings focused on fire/lights (to stay warm and in remembrance that the light would return) and shared food (communal abundance and providing for those without), full of love, joy, community, and beauty. These days the holidays stress most people out. We come out the other side with a sense of relief that it is over. I want to encourage all of us to make different choices this year that support connection, peace, and joy. 

In TCM winter is associated with the water element. I tend to see a lot of imbalance in the kidney meridian this time of year as we overcommit and give too much of ourselves resulting in kidney yin depletion. What can you do to help? Yin practices! Mindfulness, time in nature, adorning oneself and seeing the beauty all around, journaling, artistic expression, experiencing joy, laughter, music, deep connection. 

Here are a few things to consider:


Attend the parties and events that fill your cup

Take time for extra rest and contemplation as needed

Acts of service – how can you give back to your loved ones and community? 

Indulge – a little celebration for another year’s completion


Overcommit – it can cause burnout and resentment – learn when to say no and stick to it

Overindulge – we are a society of all or nothing – find the moderate path

Overspend – ah, consumerism – buy, buy, buy is our cultures motto – we can choose to do the holidays differently

Override your internal need to connect with the rhythm of winter – slow down, rest more

I wish you and yours a beautiful winter and holiday season full of love, joy, and connection. 

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Dr. Mark Force

Practice And Mission These experiences and practicing since 1984 have helped me be a catalyst for helping people heal from chronic and complex illnesses that commonly get dropped through the cracks. It’s an honor to be present to people healing; I love the work and study associated with it. There have been many gifted mentors over the years who have shared their knowledge - Lance West, DC, Harry Eidenier, PhD, David Walther, DC, and George Goodheart, DC - and I am extremely grateful to perpetuate their work and vision through practice, teaching, mentoring, writing, and research. My mission now is to turn the knowledge base I've gained from mentors and practice into books and courses for people to practice selfcare and doctors to incorporate more natural healthcare into their practices.

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