Yes, spring is in our midst and we are naturally energized by the warmer temperatures, the burst of growth and the brighter days. Spring is a time of rebirth, revitalization; a time to plant new seeds. We also love to “spring clean” our closets and houses. Clearing out the old, makes way for the new.
The days will get longer and brighter which means more energy for us! We absorb our energetic nourishment from the plants of the earth, the prana in the breath, clear fresh spring water and lots of sunshine. We have been given everything we need to grow. The rest is up to us!
Living close to nature, we clearly see the patterns of energy. In winter, seeds pull their energy inside and wait deep inside the dark earth. Tree sap drops down to the roots in winter. In the same way, our energy goes deep inside to the core of the body, into the seed energy of the Kidneys. In spring, as the earth warms, the inner energy of the seed unfolds, pushes outwards to the sunlight above ground, unfolding it’s wing leaves to blossom and grow. Spring time is liver time in both Chinese medicine and in Western traditions, signaling the time for a “liver cleanse”. According to the theory of 5 Elements, we leave Water (leading in winter) to move towards Wood (element for spring). Spring nourishes the Liver and Gallbladder. This follows the laws of nature. With the energy flowing outwards from deep in the body, appropriate exercise, foods and attitudes help clear any toxins accumulated over the winter, gently helping to clear and renew the organs and tissues of the body, like working the soil in the spring to prepare for the new season of planting. To help our liver for detox , we need to eat « sour » food such as olives, tomatoes, artichoke, spinach, barley, mustard, lemon, grapes…
In spring, the Qi of the Wood Element is strong and moves fast and furiously in an upward direction.This Powerful wood force and energy has many impacts on us and our world :
The earth has once again renewed our faith that the cycle of life continues. A time of new beginnings, renewal, growth, and hope for the future. It is the shift that allows for reawakening, personal growth and future abundance. It gives us the opportunity to start anew. What a gift!
I hope you find my blog inspiring with useful information to keep your spring energies harmonized.
Blessings of joy!
As far as Chinese Medicine goes, we are now immersed in the Yin time of the Yin/Yang cycle. Being in the dead of winter we are specifically in Yin within Yin, meaning that there is very little Yang.
Yin time is dark, cold, inert, withdrawn, inward, deep, quiet, wet, slow, just to name a few. Yang has the opposite qualities. This explains the inner chill, contemplative mood and the desire to withdrawal from the world and go deep into ourselves. We have the tendency to sleep more and slow down.
We are also in the Water Element of the Five Phases. Water is associated with the Kidneys and Bladder which in TCM rule the ears, bones and teeth. Fear is the emotion associated with the Water Element. Kidneys play a very integral role in Chinese Medicine Theory. Kidney Energy is the seat of creativity, essence, new life, passion, and zest for life. During this time of year, it is important to warm up your Kidney Yang and nurture your Yin by keeping it warm.
Symptoms that appear from an imbalanced Water Element include, dull and lingering aches and pains especially in the low back area, moist conditions such as sinus problems and loose bowels, "chilled to the bone" kind of feeling, mildly feverish, fatigue, muscle weakness, frequent urination and fearfulness.
The good news is that as of December 21st, the cycle begins to turn; bringing in more Yang energies which will eventually balance out come Spring!
Go With the Flow…
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