A Personal Note
Many of you may have known that I lost my mother early in my life.
I am honored to say that I was the one that had the privilege to take care of her in the final weeks before she passed. I, however, had no idea the impact the loss would have on me until it happened. If any of you has ever lost a parent, you know exactly what I am talking about. It’s the kind of thing you can’t really prepare for. One has no idea what it feels like to lose your mom until you lose your mom. It felt like my umbilical cord was scrambling to find its new home.
All I knew was that I needed to retreat and be by nature. I found myself in Half Moon Bay in a bedroom community (El Granada) by the sea. It is there that I began the most difficult healing journey of my life…learning to find joy and live without my mother.
I learned that sometimes in life, doing nothing is the only thing one can do. I realized that doing nothing was, in fact, doing something, and it is from this place that I started to put the pieces of my life back together. I say this because I know I wouldn’t have been able to rebound if I hadn’t taken the time to process, grieve and heal from the experience.
I very much found comfort discovering that Mother Nature has a nurturing energy all to Her own. And how important it is for all of us to remember the tie we have to Her when we start to feel lost and alone. You see, nature provides a compass, and being healthy depends, in part, on being tuned into all the seasonal changes inherent therein.
I’ve been reminded what my Traditional Chinese Doctors taught me: each season offers us an opportunity to grow in ways that compliment the rhythmic cycles of life.
Spring is the time for birth and renewal. It’s the time of year to enjoy the blossom of new life, new ideas, new relationships, and new projects.
Summer is the time for growth and proliferation. The days are light for longer, offering plenty of sun and energy to develop seeds planted in the Spring.
Late summer is the time to reap the rewards of all the efforts and good work you have put into your home life and body.
Fall is the season of repletion. It is the time when we let go of whatever needs to be let go of.
Winter is the season of rest, stillness, and withdrawal. It is natural to return to a place of deep-seated recovery in preparation for the new cycle to begin again.
I’m excited to bring you Five Seasons, a Personal Health Management Company dedicated to helping all of us get our health back on track. Every effort will be made to honor and respect the ever-changing nature of Nature, the ultimate power in charge.
Being well is a practice.
In good health,
Courtney Jonson, LAc.