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Moving Forward with the Spring

Moving Forward with the Spring

The Nei Jing, one of the great classics of Chinese medicine, contains (among a wealth of other information) short poetic images of how to best live in alignment with the seasons.  The text offers this for spring:

“The three months of the spring season bring about the revitalization of all things in nature.  It is the time of birth.  This is when heaven and earth are reborn.  During this season it is advisable to retire early.  Arise early also and go walking in order to absorb the fresh, invigorating energy.  Since this is the season in which the universal energy begins anew and rejuvenates, one should attempt to correspond to it directly by being open and unsuppressed, both physically and emotionally.  On the physical level it is good to exercise more frequently and wear loose-fitting clothing.  This is the time to do stretching exercises to loosen up the tendons and muscles.  Emotionally, it is a good to develop equanimity.  This is because spring is the season of the liver, and indulgence in anger, frustration, depression, sadness, or any excess emotion can injure the liver.”

What’s happening around us in the natural world, is also happening inside of us.  Winter gave us the opportunity to hunker down, build up our resources and get clearer about why we’re here.  Spring is the time to take action and begin new things with clarity and purpose.

For some, this upward movement is easy and exciting; others may find this transition difficult and experience symptoms such as allergies, headaches, muscular tension, insomnia, and frustration.  Symptoms arise to guide us towards a more harmonious way of living.

If I’m feeling unclear and sluggish, I know I’m out of alignment with this season and it’s a reminder for me to practice being decisive!  So I start with the little things.  I wake up and am unsure what to have for breakfast.  In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter one bit whether I have oatmeal or eggs, yet this tiny decision could have me stalled out and distracted.  So, I pick one and declare it with gusto – I am having oatmeal!  This kickstarts my ability to discern and move forward, and I begin to be able to do it with the big things too.  Try it out along with some of the suggestions from the Nei Jing, such as walking and stretching and waking up early.

See if you don’t have a brighter, clearer spring!  And if you still need support making this transition, you may want to consider some seasonal acupuncture treatments.  Rather than a time of weakened resistance, this can be a time for renewal and rejuvenation!

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