Spring is officially here, and with it there is often a sense of new energy and a desire to create space for something new. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Spring is associated with the element of Wood and the energy of the season is about new growth. It is also about action, assertiveness, and finding a sense of healthy determination. Like a sprout pushing forth from the earth, the energy of the season encourages us to move forwards in our lives, acting in our own best interests in an honest and unified way. We can assert ourselves in service to both our inner voice and our community. Rather than delaying happiness until certain conditions are met (when you get that job, hit that goal weight, find that relationship, make that money, etc), you give yourself permission to feel good now. Brain science shows us the power and the value of feeling good first. As Shawn Achor, PhD writes in his book The Happiness Advantage: “Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive.” Spring is about putting energy into action, promoting full and optimal expression of yourself. It is about setting an intention and consistently acting on that intention to create what you want to experience in your life. The energy of spring helps you push through what is to express something new, knowing that this benefits all. When we act in support of our own wellbeing, we also promote the wellbeing of those around us.
On the physical level, the Liver governs the season of spring, and as such spring is an excellent time to nourish your body by clearing space within and detoxifying. To support that goal, we will soon be joining together in Moksha’s 4th Annual Community Spring Cleanse. The cleanse will run in support of the “Live your Moksha” challenge, with a group meeting on Sunday April 22 and the cleanse running April 27-May 6. The cost is $90 and if you have coverage for naturopathic medicine, receipts will be issued for reimbursement from insurance. If you have been a part of the cleanse group in the past, you are invited to join again for free! This is a nourishing, food-based cleanse good for beginners as well as people familiar with the detox process. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to register. Pre-registration is required.
Use the energy of spring to express yourself with a sense of healthy determination. Now is an optimal time to act on your dreams and bring them into being. In the words of Steve Jobs: “Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly ant to become. Everything else is secondary.”