Some Thoughts on Transitions

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Transitions are on my mind right now as we are in a seasonal transition…the ending of summer and the onset of fall…the last of summer vacations and the beginning of preparations for the school year and coming holidays. The end of one thing is always the beginning of the next. Good or bad, happy or sad, each moment and each season exists for some period of time…sometimes fleeting, sometimes long…but always evolving.


In acupuncture, we view the seasons as one aspect of the ever-changing nature of our world. Slowly and inexorably, summer cools down, the leaves begin to brown and the light fades to the point of “maximum darkness,” the Winter Solstice in December (In the northern hemisphere.) Then that gigantic natural movement, just as slowly and inexorably, as if on a spring or rope of some sort that had extended just as far as it could go, starts to turn back the other way, toward more light, more warmth, new green sprouts, spring and then summer, up to the point of “maximum light” at the Summer Solstice in June, the longest day in the northern hemisphere. It lingers there a moment, just a brief moment, before moving along. This ever-changing growth, from blooming to flowering to dismantling and dissolution to new growth and new flowering…continues in a never-ending cycle.

Wishing you all the best,