Spring, the first season of the year, is about waking up to a new life. It recalls sweet images of newborn animals and bright green sprouts pushing up through the bare earth. Remember the value of Winter was to allow us time to shore up our resources so that we emerge in Spring renewed and refreshed; with great ideas, a strong constitution, and a keen focus for creating that which we most desire. We are newly energized now, and feeling focused, with a purpose and a path.
This is a hopeful, anticipatory season; we embrace not just more energy, but a strong sense of purpose too. The true gift of Spring can be found in the renewed hope of furthering our goals, dreams and accomplishments. Now is the time for germinating our potential and evolving along our path. Now is not the time for brass over-achieving. We are very much like the freshly sprouted seeds and the newborn animals; tender, young and fragile, still in need of nurturing to grow strong.
Wood: Upward and Expanding
Spring is characterized by the Wood element and carries the nature of Wind. While Winter was characterized by yin energies and slow, barely perceptible movement, Spring is far more changeable. The energy of Spring is upward and rising, pushing outward. It is exuberant, noisy, active and clearly not concerned with storing up reserves. This is the time to rise early with the sun, take a brisk walk and "lighten up".
The Wood element personality is characterized by assertive, bold, ambitious energies; direct planning; clear decision making and judgment (vision); and an ease with giving orders and implementing projects. This is a creative time for the Wood element personality; a time when our dreams push up through the soil of our imagination, refusing to remain unborn, and begin to take shape.
Like the weather itself though, the emotions of Spring can be erratic and change quickly. When the Wood Element is healthy and vital, a person will be calm, without stress or tension, and be naturally effective, productive, decisive and grounded yet flexible. This type of person can be a natural leader.
Out of balance Wood energy can result in road rage, arrogance, impatience, stubbornness, excitability, indecision, irritability, anger and frustration. Feelings of desperation, panic, disconnection and confusion are common emotions as well.
Spring's corresponding organs are the Liver and Gall Bladder. The Liver envisions "the plan" while the Gall Bladder "makes it happen." In TCM, the liver neutralizes toxins; cleanses & stores the blood; and houses the ethereal soul, that part of your spirit that connects to the "big picture" which you may define as God, cosmic consciousness, the Buddha nature or any higher power. A healthy Liver ensures the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body and mind; harmonizing the emotions, and moistening and nourishing the tendons - including the eyes. When the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly.
Out of balance, Liver qi can result in blood issues such as problems with menstruation; Skin issues such as eczema, acne, acidosis and allergies; Tendon and eye issues such as arthritis, tendonitis, headaches (especially migraines); vision issues and dry, itchy, red eyes. Be on the lookout for these common symptoms of Spring energy imbalances.
The gallbladder is responsible for digesting fats, and ensuring healthy skin, nerves and glands. The relationship to the liver is essential. After a winter of' storing up fats and heavy foods, our bodies need to harmonize with the ascending, expansive qualities of Spring.
Keeping in harmony with Spring means moving out in new directions, simplifying and clearing. These are a few ways you can stay in step:
Spring into Action- Think about springing into action, but carrying with you a blueprint for your goals in your back pocket. Try to resist impulsive or impatient activity as this could lead to excess. Looking at your own awakening, this is a time to renew your connection to yourself and give greater attention to self expression and self awareness. Any form of creative expression - dancing, cooking, writing, making art or music, helps nourish and channel Spring time’s new energy in a healthy way. Consider creating a vision board for your new dreams.
Clear the Clutter - Open the doors and windows and let the cool breeze of spring clear the air, both literally and figuratively. Let the wind turn up the accumulated, unnecessary stuff that has somehow filled in the corners of your space - then take a fresh new look at it and consider letting go of what you no longer need.
Think Green -Spring's color is green. In feng shui, green calms your nerves and balances your whole body. It is the color of renewal, fresh energy and the heart. Experiment with adding green to your wardrobe, you home or office, and your food. Especially nourishing are sprouted seeds, grains and nuts.
Back to Nature - Getting outside and back into nature is the ideal way to reconnect with Wood energy (of course, right?). Walking or mild outdoor exercise stimulates your metabolism and breathes new life into your tissues and organs. Be aware of over-doing in Spring. Liver energy likes to move, but gets out of balance if it is pushed too hard.
Lighten Up! - During Spring, the diet should be the lightest of the year. Too many heavy foods clog the liver. Eat plenty of young plants, fresh greens, sprouts and sour flavored foods. As the weather warms and plants burst into new life, salads come onto our menu again. Raw foods, which can be too cold and hard to digest in winter, are perfect for Spring's lighter more cleansing diets. Sprouts in particular are packed with nutrition, and add a snappy crunch to salads, sandwiches, stir fry’s and even soups. If you're feeling adventurous, try sprouting your own seed and beans (start with mung beans, aduki, lentils or seed such as amaranth or sesame seeds).
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These seasonal newsletters give you insight on the effects of energy movement throughout the year and throughout your body.