Spring Cleaning Inside And Out, Part I
As each season arrives, we move through a period of change and transition. This can be seen in the natural world around us but is also something that is going on within our own selves. By taking some time to harmonize with the energy of the season, we gain an opportunity to look at the patterns in our lives with a new perspective. Spring, with its energy of new beginnings, can be powerful time to recreate ourselves in a more balanced and conscious way.
As Spring begins to set in the days begin to get longer, giving us more light. We can begin to observe new growth in the natural world ~ shoots break through the previously frozen ground and buds pop up on plants and trees, all in preparation for the big Spring Bloom. Spring is the truly the season of new growth and transformation. With this, we may feel our energy is expanding, flowing and blossoming with new ideas. It is a perfect time to cultivate our own new beginnings and fresh perspectives so that more of our deeper essence can emerge.
According to Chinese Medicine, Spring is the season of the Wood Element. The organs most active are Liver and Gall Bladder. The color is Green. This makes Spring an ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for our overall health and well-being. We may tend to focus on the physical when we thing of cleansing but really there is an opportunity to do our Spring Cleaning on all levels ~ body, mind, emotion and spirit. Here is a brief overview:
Wood element imbalances may be experienced in a variety of ways. Let’s take a look at them from a holistic perspective:
- Spinal Problems
- Poor Flexibility
- Poor Resistance to Illness
- Allergic Sensitivities
- Skin Problems
- Irritated, watery eyes
- Muscle Fatigue and weakness
- Poor Judgement
- Difficulty making decisions
- Control issues
- Difficulty relaxing
- Lack of clarity
- Unable to focus
- Difficulty expressing emotions
- “Stuffing” feelings
- Control issues
- Feeling of overwhelm
- Sense of separateness
- Lack of enthusiasm for life
- Disconnected from Nature
- Lack of spiritual connection
- Feelings of isolation
- Missing a sense of soul purpose
A Balanced Wood Element would experience more of the following:
- Sense of Connectedness to Nature
- Ability & Capacity for Control
- Spiritual Connection
- Healthy Expression of Emotions, especially Anger,
- Mentally Relaxed
Spring is a great time to look at your life and make a new self-care plan. Take some time this Spring to look at how you care for yourself, consider where you may be out of balance and where you need to give greater attention to support your overall health and well-being. Consider what you may need to let go of and what you might like to create in your life – this is what Spring Cleaning Inside and Out is all about! Here are some questions and ideas to explore:
Physical: Are you physically healthy and active? Do you feel comfortable in you body? Do you have health issues that limit your life? Are you eating a diet that supports you where you are and where you want to be? Is your environment open and clear or is it full of clutter? Begin to develop a program to keep you body fit and healthy. Take a walk for 15 to 20 minutes daily. Try a yoga or tai chi class. Eat a balanced diet. Listen to the messages that your body is sending to you. Go for a massage. Drink plenty of water. Fast or cleanse to detoxify and rejuvenate your body. Clear you space. See appropriate health care practitioners or get supports as needed.
Mental: Can you think and express yourself clearly? Are you intellectually satisfied? Does your belief system support you? What are the beliefs you are holding on to which are limited or no longer serve you? Do you believe in yourself? Are you able to focus? Can you relax your mind? Pay attention to your thoughts. Look for recurring patterns to see which support your well-being and which may limit your satisfaction and fulfillment in life. Be open to creating new ideas and beliefs that will support your growth. Journaling is a great way to explore our beliefs and begin to explore and release thoughts, which may no longer serve us. Give yourself recognition for your own intelligence, talents and abilities. Celebrate yourself!
Emotional: Are you in touch with your emotions? Are you able to express your feelings appropriately? Do you allow your self to experience a full range of feelings – anger and sorrow, love and happiness, etc? Are you able to develop close and intimate relationships? Allow yourself the time and space to connect with your feelings. Learn to receive and acknowledge other people’s feelings, as you would want to be received. Develop relationships that allow you to express emotions honestly and freely. Seek a counselor or support group if you need support. Be open to your feelings and the guidance they provide for you.
Spiritual: Do you feel connected with your own inner voice? Do you spend quiet time just “being”? Are you able to feel a sense of oneness? Do you feel a connection to Spiritual Source? God? Spiritual Community? Nature? Do you know what Spirituality means for you? Find a spiritual practice that suits you. Attend a spiritual service or community. Connect with nature. Create time and space to meditate. Find a creative activity that allows you to express yourself more freely. Awaken your inner self.
I hope you enjoy this exploration! Stay tuned for Part II – I’ll be sharing some Spring tips on nutrition, cleansing and holistic tools to support balance and ease of well-being.
Do you feel out of balance in your life?
Do you keep repeating the same patterns over and over again?
Are you struggling with a chronic issue or condition that you have been unable to change?
Do you dream of experiencing more peace, joy & ease of wellbeing?
I’d like to invite you to take a step forward in your journey of transformation & healing…
Spring Into A “Whole” New You!
Spring Is Here!
Inviting you to emerge into a new way of being.
Are You Ready?
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