SPRING heralds initiation and renewal. It calls forth our innate creativity to awaken and make itself known.
Spring is full of sunshine and melting snow. Of rain and blooming flowers. Spring is a time to see the beauty in all things as life bursts forth all around us.
In Ayurveda, the Spring season is characterized by the energy of Kapha (cah-fa) which means to stick. Kapha is made up of earth and water.
It is potential energy and controls structure.
Traditional Chinese Medicine correlates the element of wood with Spring which governs the liver and gallbladder meridians. They are responsible for detoxifying the body and creating a harmonious flow of energy within us.
Wood represents what we root into and becomes our building materials for life. It connects us to being both stable and flexible. Like a tree, we root down and get grounded while expanding and moving upward. When we remember to embody both of these aspects we feel clear about our life path and equipped with the inner tools needed to move steadfastly in that direction, overcoming obstacles as they arise with skillfulness and resilience.
The wood element, liver/gallbladder, Kapha dosha, and Spring are all about building a foundation. If we don’t have a firm foundation, anything we create will not be able to manifest with solid roots.
CLEAR SPACE + BRING IN GREEN
It’s time to get rid of anything in your closet, dresser, etc that is ripped, holey, broken.
Just start with your underwear drawer…do you really value yourself so little that you continue to wear underwear that digs into your skin or has holes in it? Or socks with holes in the heel? Or items with stains on them?
If something is ripped or broken, finally mend or fix it OR ditch it. The art of Feng Shui tells us this becomes energetic clutter. Clutter begone!
Green-ify your home by getting new plants and increasing the amount of fresh green things in your living space.
DRINK YOUR DANDELIONS + LEMONS
Wild weeds, including our invasive friends like Dandelion + Thistle are superfoods. Both with detox your liver, blood and fat, while replacing long lost minerals from your caffeine addiction. Add young dandelions or thistle to make your fruit smoothies green.
If you or your posse have more issues as the grass grows greener do this: Make a hot drink to clear mucus with ginger juice, lemon juice, cayenne, hot water and raw honey.
Start your morning with a glass of hot water and the juice of half a lemon. This will cleanse your digestive tract and perhaps initiate a bowel movement (if you don’t normally eliminate first thing in the morning) to the get the toxins out of your digestive tract. The sour taste will kindle the digestive fire or Agni setting you up for good digestion and metabolism first thing in the morning.
Spring is the easiest season to up your exercise. It’s Kapha season, which means your body is strong and ready for endurance. Turn up your workout. Play your edge. Put some hustle in your bustle.
TUNE INTO NATURE
Head outdoors and examine the buds and shoots poking out in your neighborhood—if you visit them over several days and see them bloom, you may discover a deeper appreciation for this fresh, new season. Get in the habit of having an early dinner and then playing outside. Take a walk. Go for a bike ride. Weed your garden.
CLEAR YOUR SINUSES
Use a neti pot daily (those with severe nasal conditions should consult with their doctor first). This Ayurvedic nasal irrigation practice can reduce chronic sinus congestion and headaches, frequent colds, and respiratory congestion by cleaning out the nose and sinuses with salt water to ensure they stay clean.
To prepare the salt water, mix one heaping teaspoon of sea salt with a half-litre of warm, purified water. The salt creates a higher osmotic pressure than water alone, meaning that it helps nasal and sinus fluids flow into the water and get flushed out, rather than absorb the water and stay put.
Fill the neti pot with the prepared water and hold it in the left hand. Bring the spout into the left nostril, lean over a sink, and as the head is tilted to the right side, tip the pot up to get the water to flow. Tilt your head down and breathe through the mouth.
The aim is to get water to flow into the left nostril, around the area inside the nose and sinuses, and out the right nostril. Do this for 15 to 30 seconds, then change sides. It might take a couple of tries to get the right balance.
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