Dear Friends and Family,
Spring is here, its time to cheer! This is the time to come out and shine; to dance to sing and to rejoice.
Spring is Nature’s birthing season, a time of creation and development where all is restored. For the next 6 months we will be blessed with the light and warmth of the sun, which in Chinese Medicine is Yang and encourages movement, exercise and being outside in nature.
The seeds we nurtured in body, mind and spirit throughout the winter will bloom with fresh inspiration and a spark of energy allowing us to act upon our ideas, aspirations and intentions.
Nature awakens in her green flowering beauty. New growth in our lives, relationships and in our work is stimulated now as we have the opportunity to flourish in this season of new beginnings.
Spring is a great time to make plans for moving forward. What do we need to clear out of our external environment and what do we need to release from within ourselves? What do we want to create? It is a fresh start where our dreams can blossom into reality. What are your dreams?
In the Chinese System of the Five Elements the spring season correlates to the Wood element, which governs the liver and gallbladder. The Wood element relates to the roots and limbs of trees and plants and the spine, limbs and joints in our bodies. Imbalances of the liver and gallbladder often appear with symptoms of weakness and or pain in our joints, tendons and ligaments. Walking outside, deep breathing, yoga or gentle stretching is very supportive of these structures and also aids the release of toxins from our systems, especially when you work up a slight sweat!
Green is the color of the Wood element and sour is the flavor or taste. It is good to eat some sour foods such as olives, tart apples and grapefruit as well as dark leafy greens such as arugula, kale, spinach and cilantro. Green vegetable juices are a great way to support the liver in its spring cleansing and fermented foods also support the liver and colon with increased healthy bacterial flora. Spring is a great time of year to add lemon to your purified drinking water and to increase green tea and decrease caffeine.
The liver is our body’s master laboratory. It stores and distributes nourishment for the entire body as well as filters and detoxifies the blood and aids in digestion. In the Chinese 24 hour clock 1:00-3:00 AM is the time of the liver and if we find ourselves waking at this time the liver may be over worked with its numerous jobs of detoxification.
Anger, irritability, depression and indecision are the associated emotions of the liver and gallbladder. If any of these are coming up for you, it is a good time to gently process them out through journaling, guided meditation and prayer, support from a friend or counselor if needed. This is also a very good time to get an acupuncture session or a massage to support the release of tensions and emotions and to support the liver in its cleansing time.
Each spring brings us an opportunity to start anew. It is the optimal time for cleansing and rejuvenating the liver allowing for greater energy, deeper sleep, improved mental clarity, enhanced sex drive and a deeper enjoyment of our lives.
Lets spring forward together creating Vibrant Health by combining new, fresh and healthy thoughts and habits of spring. By taking care of what we eat, how we exercise, and by treating ourselves with loving kindness and choosing ways to relieve stress and tension from our lives, we will create more health, happiness and harmony.
Join me in my annual spring refresh and chose from a 7, 14 or 21 day cleanse to clear, clean and restore your body, mind and spirit. Your inner radiance will burst outward bringing forth your glowing skin, shinny hair, smooth lean muscles and overflowing energy!
Details on the cleanse options to follow this week. Let get started in the next week to 10 days!
With love, light and blessings of spring,