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Spring Through the Lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine, Spring heralds a period of upward and expansive energy, fostering creativity, future planning, and a broader perspective. Aligning ourselves with this seasonal momentum is paramount. According to this tradition, the Liver and Gallbladder govern the spring season, ensuring the smooth flow of energy throughout the body while storing and detoxifying the blood. Thus, our endeavors should prioritize creativity, resilience, and the expression of our innate mental, emotional, and spiritual faculties.

Similarly to how many individuals partake in an annual spring cleaning of their external surroundings, our bodies undergo a similar process within our internal environment, both physically and emotionally.

As we approach the time of year when we witness the rapid growth of newly formed tree buds, nature's display of determination and creativity in spring becomes apparent. Similarly, we are encouraged to embark on activities that ignite our determination, creativity, and inherent intelligence. In Chinese medicine, we consistently draw inspiration from nature's energetic rhythms, aiming to emulate its momentum. Just as tree buds burgeon and expand daily, we too should challenge our self-imposed limits, pursuing personal development and growth. Engaging in uplifting and creative endeavors that broaden our energy and consciousness is essential during this season of renewal, growth, and creativity that spring graciously brings.


Now is an opportune moment to relinquish stimulants like coffee, alcohol, tobacco, and recreational drugs, given the naturally invigorating and expansive energy of spring. Harnessing this inherent vitality, we can embark on moderate daily exercise, further enhancing our sense of aliveness and rejuvenation. Shedding the "cobwebs" of the dormant winter season, sweating out toxins, and triggering the release of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, all contribute to revitalizing our energetic, blood, and lymphatic circulation.

During spring, the key is to confront everything without evasion that obstructs our evolution; to conceal nothing from ourselves. Repressed desires, emotional needs, and pain should be delicately unearthed from our depths and brought to the surface for conscious release, akin to a spring cleaning of the soul. It is the most auspicious time to cease procrastination and confront the challenges arising from within our being or our daily lives, which may hinder our spiritual realization in the forthcoming summer. To achieve this, we must cultivate physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual clarity and purity.

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