[inspiration] spring cleanse
We’ve an interesting start to 2014 with new moons and a lot of unpredictable weather but Spring is definitely here - the season of birth and growth with bright mornings and longer days, blossoms appearing, seeds sprouting and new energy building and flowing. In the month of march, the body is coming out of hibernation as does some of the animals so this is the perfect time to recharge, rejuvenate and renew along with nature.
Here are seven suggestions to work with the new season and ready ourselves holistically for the changing months ahead.
1. re assess plans and intentions - be honest
this is a season of fertility, beginnings and newness, growth in relationships and planting seeds for the future. look at the plans you may have made during and ideas you may have so far, especially the winter solstice, the new year or around the time of the new moons and see where you’re at - what seeds have you and are you planting? have your priorities changed since then? have you over estimated your ability to execute them right now? do you feel that you can achieve more? take some time to re-asses your motives and intentions honestly.
2. look at your self care regime
during this time it’s useful to adapt to the changing weather and protect ourselves from the usual seasonal problems, like allergies, flu and colds. spring is the windy season, so wind and heat can cause respiratory problems. changing activity, diet and emotions can help the body and mind to avoid illness.
while how to eat and treat ourselves is important all year round but according to chinese medicine spring is associated with the liver and suggests we go to sleep earlier, to help the liver eliminate toxins and excess. eat lighter, and add fresh greens and foods with sour taste to rejuvenate the liver.
3. detoxifying yoga flow
as we transition to spring, our bodies feel the brighter, longer days, and we want to get moving more. to help with cleansing the liver and clearing out the heaviness and any stagnation of winter a detoxyifing yoga flow with lots of core work with twists, chest openers and hip openers will be useful during the time. look out for some yoga poses to help with this.
4. change up the diet
green is the colour of spring, so eat plenty of fresh leafy greens, seeds, sprouts, and lightly cook foods or steam instead of stewing or frying.
recommended foods for spring include onions, leeks, mustard greens, chinese yam, wheat, dates, cilantro, mushrooms, spinach and bamboo shoots. Basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill, and bay leaf are pungent spices good to add to meals. complex carbohydrates like grains, legumes and seeds are sweet and also good for spring eating.
5. adjust the chi in your room
cleaning your home improves the chi/energy of your home and helps to raise the vibration and allowing easier achievements of goals. clear out old stuff, cleanse your space with sage, buy some plants and make sure your home is bright, airy, and well ventilated, open windows and let the sunlight in.
6. spend time outside - appreciate nature
get out into the green, and breathe deeply to help to aid your chi flow smoothly in your body. being outside surrounded by blues and greens can stop us from feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with the vibrant energy of spring and allows us to move with the changes rather than resist them, consciously or not.
7. have fun - laugh
we of course should be having fun every day but with the new energy here its good to embrace it, exercise gratitude for everything we can and the fact we get to bloom with the new season. spend time around like minded people (see me below being a tree with my crew from the meditation retreat, ha) and raise up the positive and healing vibrations.