Spring Has Sprung…

Lets bloom and grow and create...

 


 

Many people believe that Spring is the best time of year - when we can dust of the winter blues and leap forward into action - we can release the latent energy of winter and so start the new season with energy and creativity. We live in hope for the warmer weather nearly with us, and dream of the freedom and creativity that ensues.

This is when our plants form new growth, bloom, flourish and energise the world around them. Our animals spring to life also - the babies start appearing, the tiny chirping from above can be heard....


We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. These are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we contribute to life when each arrives
Gary Zukzv

For us, spring is a beautiful season - to clean out, to refresh, to create and begin anew, to express kindness and compassion toward ourselves and all those around us. It is the time for our dreams to blossom, to revive our senses and passions and live with renewed joy and hope.

Chinese Medicine Theories state that spring is ruled by the Wood element... what does that mean for you and I? A lot...

The two meridians that are paired within the Wood Element are Liver and Gallbladder. These elements in particular ensure the smooth flow of energy/Qi and blood, as well as storing the blood.

So, when these meridians are in harmony, you will feel motivated to be and do, you will know purpose in your life and allow the freedom of adaptability to flow with you.

When the Liver/Gallbladder Meridians are out of kilter, you may experience anger, frustration, resentment, you may feel rigid and tense, or use compulsive behaviour...

The Liver meridian is responsible for the smooth flow of energy/Qi, blood and emotions through your body. These will be most effected by stress and emotions held inside you. The parts of your body most effected by your Liver meridian are your tendons and ligaments, eyes and nails/hair.

The Gallbaldder Meridian governs decision making, planning, dreaming, inspiration and assertiveness.

To read more about Meridians, look at my earlier blog here...


The supernatural forces of spring create wind in Heaven and wood upon the Earth. Within the body they create the liver and the tendons; they create the green colour... and give the voice the ability to make a shouting sound.... they create the eyes, the sour flavour and the emotion anger..."
The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine

HOW DO WE LIVE OUR BEST LIVES THROUGH SPRING?

We have most things at our fingertips these days, we can buy anything we want at any time, we can write a letter or note 24/7, and we can eat and drink anything we want, no matter the season.

So, what is special about springtime that will help us live in the flow of the season, in the growth of the time?

  • The energy of the wood element is your 'ethereal soul' - the soul that leaves your body after death... springtime is the time to reflect on and become 'heaven on earth'.
  • Spring is a time to reflect on your focus - how do you see yourself? Do you focus on what you do? Do you focus on action? This focus leads to judgement and so limits your own expression and freedom of heart.
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  • Spring is the perfect time to JUST BE...

Allow your soul to flow without limit, and so fully accept your heart. Allow your focus to JUST BE....

 

There are some simple ways to live each day in the energy of spring - what you eat, what you drink, your movement, your thoughts and your heart...

 

  • WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK...

To detox/balance the winter heaviness and support the liver...

EAT GREEN/SOUR!

Baby green vegetables, lettuce, sprouts, basil, green tea, dandelion tea, mint teas, broccoli and watercress.

Eat and cook with black sesame, cardamom, celery, spring onions and seeds.

Each morning have a hot water and lemon juice to kick-start your energy and liver...

Try to eat as much 'in season' fruit and vegetables as you can:

apricots, artichokes, asparagus, avocados, carrots, chives, fava beans, fennel, leeks, mangoes, peas, pineapple, potatoes, rhubarb, spinach, and watercress.

 

  • GET OUT AND MOVE...

As the weather warms up, you can finally head outside, breathe the fresh air, walk through the trees or feel the sand beneath your toes...

Moving your Qi is most important all year but specifically springtime is the time to renew your stretching, your eye exercises, building your core strength and simply moving again!

Qi Gong, Pilates, Yoga and walking are the perfect exercise regimes to get your body moving and your Qi flowing... (please consult a health professional before you begin a new regime if you have any pain or questions.)

 

  • Your Thoughts...

Your thoughts play a huge role in your life - your focus, your energy, your physical health and your perceptions.

When we feel out of balance in spring, we may feel anger, frustration, indecisiveness, irritability, procrastination and lethargy...

Your thoughts play a big part in how you perceive or react in a situation, or to a person - including yourself.

Check in with the words you use.. do you use words of judgment?

I should... You should.... they should...

I could, you could, they could...

I did...I am so...

I ate... which means...

they made me do...which means I....

the list could go in forever....

Instead, use words of empowerment and speak/think with no judgment attached...

I Choose to...I choose not to.... I will.... I won't...

I had an afternoon nap.

I ate....

I didn't pick up that call.

I feel...

When you are aware of the words you use and the meaning you place on them, you can begin to focus on your true meaning and perspective, on what will help you transform, bloom and grow through spring.  

 

 

  • YOUR HEART..

Lets work toward on the highest expression of the Wood Element - benevolence - kindness, compassion, big-heartedness and goodwill.

When we act, speak and move from our heart with kindness, the world around must change and feel renewed! How our own energy will be light and uplifting. How our Qi will flow with vigor and love.

Springtime is the perfect time to re-claim your heart, to re-claim your innocence of thought and to transform your body into the blossoming, energetic beauty that is ready for you.

Happy blooming, happy new growth and happy spring!

Lisa.

If you would like support and guidance to change your words or thoughts or habits, contact me on the link below...

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