Updated: May 8
Shifting through the seasons
Can you feel the change in the air? For many weeks now the subtle signs of the change of spring have been slowly emerging. A tinge of warmth when the sun breaks through. A lone blossom on a wooden branch. The glimmer of gold through the green bush view as the wattle begins to flower. The promise of lighter and warmer days to come.
As the season shifts the energy around and within us moves. Like the plants awakening from winter and beginning to blossom we can experience an urge for movement and change. The promise of Springs arrival prompts us to focus on our health, our emotional and physical well being, our lifestyles. A personal Spring clean of sorts.
And this is good. Spring is a wonderful time to harness that moving energy, to feel invigorated to refresh yourself, cleanse and emerge into a new cycle of life. As the patterns of the seasonal changes are experienced in natures seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter they can also be witnessed in our lives with periods of new life, development, decline and hibernation.
Now we are shifting from the period of winter’s deep dark Yin. The winter months have been a period of gentle hibernation and slowness. Inspired to move inwards we have spent months in rest and restoration. The upcoming time is a transition into rebirth. Spring is a period of Yang movement, change, growth and emergence. Seasonal shifts must always be undertaken mindfully and in a way that nurtures our body. Ease into your new daily patterns in a slow and considered manner.
“A little impatience will spoil great plans” Chinese Proverb.
Yes, the sun is out, and the days are lengthening but don’t prep the salads and pack the winter clothes away in the spare suitcase just yet! The first buds of blossom and sense of warmth of sun is invigorating. It tempts us to launch ourselves full throttle into Spring. The reality is the upcoming initial weeks as the weather shifts will typically be a time of unstable weather patterns. Prepare for cool winds and chilly mornings. Combine the cool with the plentiful blooms of wattle and other blossoms we have the perfect recipe for seasonal colds, immunity issues and the emergence of allergies. Keep warm, use layers, protect your neck with light scarves and continue to nourish your body with warm easily digested foods.
Exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and Spring
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Spring is associated with the element of Wood. Spring demonstrates rebirth and new growth. It is a period of vitality and life at its strongest and most dynamic. It is an exciting time of new life and prompts us to draw our focus to new beginnings. The elements of nature are also seen within us, reflected in the energies of our body. Spring and the Wood element are connected to the acupuncture meridians of the Liver and Gallbladder. Considering the Liver is the primary target of any spring detox we undergo this information probably will not come as a surprise!
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory our Liver governs the smooth flow of our Qi throughout our body maintaining optimal running of our physical and emotional energy. The Liver and Gallbladder work side by side to move the blood and bile around the body. Their combined actions also support immunity by promoting Spleen and Lung health.
As we are transitioning into Spring my best advice is to take things slowly and gently. The inclination to be outdoors and moving is wonderful and very supportive for our Liver Qi. Don’t sign up to high intensity cardio on the 1st of September though! Ease out of hibernation and into action by introducing slow deliberate movement. Start with walking, yoga, tai chi or qi gong.
Experiencing a seasonal imbalance of emotions related to the Liver and Gallbladder may manifest as instability of mood, frustration, the inability to make decisions or impaired judgement. Hence the saying “feeling liverish” In contrast a balanced time of Spring brings us harmony, foresight and growth.
Avoiding imbalances as we transition from Winter to Spring:
MOVE THAT QI – The Liver controls Qi flow and nourishes the tendons. Enjoy the change of brighter clearer days by embracing the outdoors. Incorporate stretching to support the tendons and keep exercise gentle as you build from our time of rest to activity. This is also going to do wonders if you are experiencing any irritability and frustration from stagnant or stuck liver qi. Find local Yoga and Pilates in our 'Local Loves' directory.
GO GREEN – As if we need more reasons to eat the green stuff! Yep its always beneficial but with the colour of Spring and Liver being green now is the best time to really focus on adding in plentiful amounts of fresh leafy greens. Don’t forget we are NOT in salad season yet, keep your foods warm and easy to digest.
LOVE LEMONS - The flavor of Spring is SOUR. Traditional Chinese Medicine consider sour foods to stimulate the Liver’s Qi. The easiest way to add this into your day is lemon water. Make sure water is warm or room temp, taken first thing in the morning is excellent for stimulating the Liver and moving bile.
FOCUS ON EYE HEALTH – The Liver is connected to proper eye function, be mindful of your eyes during this seasonal shift. Considering the rise of screens in our everyday lives it’s important we factor in eye rest and breaks from long periods in front of a computer or smart phone screen.
GET TO BED – Traditional Chinese Medicine observes that our Qi cycles through our body with it being at its strongest in a different organ every 2 hours. The Chinese Meridian Clock tells us the time Qi is at its strongest in the Gallbladder is 11pm – 1am and that the Liver time is 1am – 3am. To allow the Liver and Gallbladder the best opportunity to recharge and regenerate make sure you are in bed and resting during these times. Learn about 'Supporting your Circadian Rhythm'
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