Spring is here!!!

According to the Chinese calendar, springtime has arrived! For us in the Pacific Northwest, we are starting to see the first signs of the season.

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This is a time where we start to come alive to our senses after the cold and dark of winter. Trees are budding, the soil is beginning to loosen and warm, and all of a sudden we have lots of work to do.

The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine is a ancient and foundational text for Chinese Medicine. It gives us some advice on how to live in the Spring so that we can be in harmony with nature.

It says,

Since a man is one of the living things in the universe, he can by no means be excluded. In order to keep in accordance with the law of the variation of the seasonal sequence, one should go to bed when the night comes and get up early in the morning. In the morning he should breath the fresh air while walking in the yard to exercise his tendons and bones and loosen his hair to make the whole body comfortable along with the generating of spring energy.
taken from the translation by Wu Liansheng and Wu Qi.

The Yellow Emperor goes on to say it is important to support life and live in equanimity in this time. Spring is the time associated with the liver, wood, the color green, and anger. At this time of year there is so much to get done and it is easy to get angry quickly. Excessive emotions can damage the liver and lead to further weakness in the summer.

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Now is the time to let our hair down a bit, enjoy fresh air, exercise, and participate in the free movement of nature. Have slightly sweet teas and herbs. Grow with freedom, but stay connected to the earth so that you grow in balance.

Be free and easy.

By practicing this we can protect our emotions and our liver.