Spring & Awakening, Growth, Change and Expansion
The inspiration for this time of the year is next growth and new beginning. Spring is a surge of rising energy, an expression of life at its strongest. The seedling is bursting from it’s casing, pushing through the earth to reach the light. Some plants, like the dandelion can even burst through concrete. This growth process is sometimes with ease and joy, and other times with growing pains, stretching us beyond the comfort zone. Spring represents an outward movement from within into the outer world.
Spring is a call to renew, clear, regenerate, grow anew and to get ready for the next evolutionary step. Look ahead, make plans, formulate new ideas, make deci- sions, determine your direction, and start to take action.
Questions in this season are:
- What contribution do you want to make to yourself, your family, and the world?
- What seeds (intentions) do you want to plant?
- What is your vision?
- What do you want to harvest?
- What are your gifts/talents that you want to bring into this year?
- What are your concrete steps and plans to make it so?
Springtime is associated with liver and gallbladder. The liver is the strategic planner of your direction and vision, and the gallbladder helps you to make decisions and gives wise direction. If there is imbalance, your vision might be stifled and blocked, you might feel anger, frustration, restlessness, or passive aggression. It will be hard for you to experience growth, rebirth and your springtime within. When your liver and gallbladder systems are strong, you are able to re-adjust and create new visions easily.
If you don’t have visions and plans, you might experience confusion about where to go and why. You might also have difficulties to access your creativity and joy.
The physical manifestation of an imbalance and a sluggish liver can result in many ailments. The liver is one of the most active organs and a powerhouse with its detoxification functions. A malfunction can lead to serious fatigue, weight gain, water retention, gallstones, poor fat metabolism, poor detoxification, headaches, tightness in the shoulders and upper back, sides of the body, sides of the legs, pain in the hips, allergies, stiff groin, and digestive issues.
An emotional imbalance can show up as anger, frustration, feeling ‘stuck’, and depression.
- Feel sunshine pulling you up and out, like everything in nature.
- Feel the life force within you thrust you out of darkness into light and into new possibilities like a seed sprouting creating a new beginning.
- Start new things, reinvent yourself at home and in your work. Be creative, make things, do things, be the creator of your life.
- Visualize your intentional harvest. Use spring’s bountiful energy wisely, so that the crops you sow in yourself, in your work, and in your life are those you wish to harvest.
- Do a detoxification and cleansing program with teas, fasting, or increased raw foods.
Diet Tips for Spring
March, April, and May are the perfect months for spring cleansing as a preventative medicinal approach. You might eat less or fast. The spring diet should be the lightest of the year. Green is the color of the season and you want to include it as much as possible to supercharge your cleansing diet. Utilize ‘Viriditas’, the greening power of nature, as the 12th century mystic, healer and philosopher Hildegard von Bingen pointed out. The green in nature has a soothing, relaxing, strengthening effect on body, mind and soul.
Vegetables: dark green leafy young vegetables, sprouts, young beets and carrots, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, onion, artichoke, sauerkraut, spinach, asparagus, Swiss chard
Fruits: strawberry, sour cherry, gooseberry, rhubarb, lemon, lime, papaya, green apple, grapefruit, mango, avocado, quince
Herbs: garlic, dandelion leaf or flower, cayenne, ginger, turmeric, parsley, fennel, cilantro, sorrel, red clover flower, burdock root.
Grain: Spelt, wheat, flax seeds
Legumes: mung beans, lima, green lentils