Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring is Here!

Spring is in the air! I’m so excited to see the trees beginning to bloom and knowing that the warm weather is around the corner. If you live somewhere that is warm all the time then it may be challenging to really enjoy the spring because you are a bit spoiled, but for those of us on the east coast and in the Midwest, we know the deal. I think the south will understand this year because they had a pretty hard winter, but no need to focus on that. Spring is here!

To kick off spring for you I’m going to give you a little info about the season. Just a very quick overview and then you can take it from there. If you want more in depth info you can always check out a book I love called “Staying Healthy with the Seasons” by Elson M. Haas, MD. It’s a wonderful resource. When the seasons change the witch in me comes out. Persephone is on her way home!

Spring Attributes
Goddess: Persephone (Spring Goddess Guide)
Colors: Green and Pink
Element: Wood (About the Wood Element)
Direction: East
Quality: Growth
Sense Organ: Eyesight
Fluid: Tears
Indicator: Nails
Tissue: Tendons/Ligaments
Organs: Liver (Yin), Gall bladder (Yang)
Smell: Rancid
Taste: Sour
Sound: Shout
Emotion: Anger
Climate: Wind

In Balance
Beginnings, cleaning body, home, elimination, exercise, garden, greens, sprouts, creativity, enthusiasm

Still same old stuff, excess, congestion, laziness, weeds, drugs, overeating

Excerpt from "Staying Healthy with the Seasons"
The seasons change; we change. When we move outside the laws of nature, or resist change, we encounter difficulty. If we learn to live within these laws we will know health as our friend.

Staying healthy through the spring season means keeping your Wood element –your liver and gall bladder—in the best possible shape, with new attention to your nutrition, exercise, self-awareness and self-expression. Spring is the season of beginning, creation. Leave the past behind.

Nutritionally, it is a good time to fast, or do a liquid cleanse, creating a clean harmony between your inner and outer lives. Your diet will become lighter, with more raw foods, some grains, but fewer heavier foods and toxic foods

Mental relaxation will allow openness and peace of mind, while developing your ability to focus and to make clear decisions. Physical activity will help to clear and open the body and mind.

Making contact with your creative self is vital to spring harmony. Who are you inside? What do you need to express to feel free?

As you can see, a lot is going on in the springtime of life. When spring arrives, remember, “elimination equals illumination.”