Two Weeks into the New Year

Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m delighted to be starting a new year with you all. After spending some time writing and reflecting on 2010, I came to realize how much the concepts of yin and yang entered into my experiences last year.

The yin/yang symbol represents seemingly opposite concepts, which are actually interconnected and interdependent.  And ultimately, this symbol represents balance. How can we achieve balance in our lives so we are healthy in our minds, hearts, and bodies?  What yang aspects (active, energetic, hot, masculine, etc.) might need a bit more yin energy (restful, cool, earthy, feminine, etc.) in your life?  How might certain sedentary yin tendancies in your life benefit from the proactive energy of the yang concept?

As I reflected on 2010, I discovered that I was over-exerting myself in some areas (yang energy) and becoming overwhelmed.  So one of my goals this year is to prioritize what is most important and to take good care of myself by meditating, getting more bodywork, and taking more long, reflective walks.

What in your life might benefit from a bit of a slow-down?  How can you insert a little yin-boost into your life through self-care?  Make a list or freewrite in your journal. Where do you need to slow down?  When do you need to speed up?  I wish you the best in finding your personal feeling of life balance.

Here’s to a year full of peace, abundance, and self-care!


To view the entirety of my Winter 2011 newsletter, click here.


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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