Spring has arrived and there is a sense of renewal and new life all around. It is a time for regeneration and new beginnings.
Winter is always a time to reduce activity and conserve energy for the coming seasons and as the sun starts to warm the earth it also starts to warm our soul and renew our spirit.
When we look at the five elements, each stage occurs in five distinct stages. Each of these stages is associated with a specific time of year, different organs in the body, elements in nature and bodily processes.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Spring is represented by the wood element and includes the liver and gallbladder organs. These 2 organs are the primary largest for springtime cleansing and health regimes.
The Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi energy through the body.
When the Liver functions smoothly, emotional and physical activity throughout the body run smoothly too. So for optimal health this Spring it is time to move your Qi.
The colour for the Wood Element & Spring is Green and the strongest emotions are anger and frustration, so if you are experiencing these emotions stronger than normal this could be the reason why.
Here are some things you can focus on to improve your own health, well-being and the smooth flow of Qi throughout your own body this Spring.
- THE EYES – the liver opens into the eyes and is connected to proper eye function. Remind yourself to do some eye exercises & take regular breaks from the computer screen.
- EAT GREEN – Green is the colour of Spring, so it is time to focus on eating fresh, leafy greens & sprouts. This can help to improve the overall function & health of the Liver & promote the movement of Qi.
- TASTE SOUR – The taste sensation that is associated with Spring is “Sour”. This stimulates the Liver Qi. Try putting slices of lemon in your water or drinking freshly squeezed lemon into warm water each morning. Use vinegar & olive oil as salad dressings & add some pickles.
- STRETCH – The liver controls the tendons. According to Chinese medicine the Liver stores blood during periods of rest & then releases it to the tendons in times of activity, maintaining tendon health & flexibility. So try to stretch each morning. Try some simple Yoga or Tai Chi. If you don’t want to go to a class there are some great apps and classes online that are fantastic & often free. There is no excuse not to stretch.
- EMOTIONS – Anger, stress and frustration can be experienced during this time of the year. Take time to acknowledge how you are feeling. Allow yourself time to process and spend time connecting with where your emotions are coming from. If you need additional support to work through this, please come and see me or a practitioner who can help you to connect and process your feelings. You do not want to be holding onto these for long periods of time. Trapped emotions in the body cause blockages, illness and can lead to disease.
- GET OUTSIDE – If you have been feeling irritable, find an outdoor activity to smooth out that Liver Qi Stagnation. Outside air helps Liver Qi flow. Go for a walk, do some gardening, get outside – move and breathe.
Spring is an amazing time of renewal and growth, take time to watch what is happening around you as the first leaves and flowers start to sprout and bloom. Listen to the beautiful sounds of the birds and take time to feel the warmth as it enters you body, mind and soul.