As the weather warms up with the arrival of spring, it's a great time for new beginnings.
Spring is a time that is strongly associated with new starts. Image credit: Jan Willem Geertsma/sxc.hu
In Chinese medicine, spring is strongly associated with the wood element. For those that practice Chinese medicine, wood is a very active energy with a forward and outward movement. This makes spring a time that's associated with an explosion of rebirth and vibrancy. It is the perfect time for progress and moving ahead with new projects.
Whereas winter was the time of the year to reflect inwards, consolidate what you had learnt or done, rest and preserve your resources, spring is the time of the year where you should stretch yourself and start new endeavours.
Spring is a great time to start new projects and set new goals. Image credit: Jay Lopez/sxc.hu
In Chinese medicine, spring is also the season of the liver. The ideology associates the liver as being responsible for the free flow of energy in the body. When under stress, energy that comes from anger or frustration can cause energy blocks.
Inflexible wood will quickly break when it's stressed. Likewise, flexible people are better able to handle stress and take life's bumps and bruises in stride, whereas anger can make us hard and unbendable.
As spring is associated with the liver and wood, it is also the best season to review our diet and give it a nice boost and cleanse. It is also associated with the colour green and with our eyes.
So, from a more practical point of view, what can you do to make the best of spring?
Start a new project. Whether you are thinking of doing some much needed home improvements or if you want to make some lifestyle changes, now is the time to do it. The energy of the wood will help you planning your project and most importantly to carry it out.
Make sure you include plenty of green vegetables in your diet. Image credit: Mei Teng/sxc.hu
Eat plenty of green vegetables such as green beans, broccoli or spinach, and avoid sugary foods.
Work on your flexibility with your muscles (why not try yoga or tai chi) but also with your mind. Try to be assertive instead of angry, flexible instead of stubborn, and remain engaged and present with our eyes on the important people and projects in life.
Keep your energy flowing by taking on a physical activity. This doesn't need to be one or two hours of a very energetic activity. A fifteen minute walk with the dog, gentle exercise such as yoga, or simply going for walks in the now warmer weather can be just as effective.
Even just a few minutes of yoga or meditation can help refresh your brain. Image credit: Alex Bramwell/sxc.hu
Go outside and get in touch with all the changes that spring brings, and you'll no doubt be shaking off the winter drab in no time.