Get ready for Spring

Friday, March 20th brings the Spring Equinox, and we begin a new season.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is associated with one of the five principle elements in the natural world: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Spring is paired with the wood element.

Wood exemplifies growth, change, and pushing through obstacles. Its active energy allows for much growth, both internally and externally. We may find that we are able to make great progress on projects and endeavors that may have been hard to get moving on during the hibernating winter months. Take it slow, however, as this energy can easily funnel into stress, frustration or anger when we run into obstacles. Because we are able to feel our renewed energy so profoundly in contrast to our slower winter pace, these blockages may seem all the more apparent.

The body system associated with wood is the Liver. The Liver is in charge of maintaining a smooth flow of mental, emotional and physical energy throughout the body. Thus, it aids all the other body systems in functioning properly. The Liver also plays a key role in the functioning of the reproductive system. For this reason, the spring is an optimal time to focus on reproductive health.

Keep in mind, though, a seed does not blossom into a flower overnight. The bud has to push up through the thawing soil first. Spring is a wonderful time to work with our blockages, as there is greater access to that can-do energy.

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