I feel sure there won’t be one person who does not welcome the arrival of of Spring! The first blossoms, daffodils nodding their heads in the breeze and a warmth that promises new growth, new life and new beginnings. When we think of Spring, we think a lot about nature.
Nature is our greatest teacher. We observe the five seasons: spring, summer, hot summer, autumn and winter. Each of these has a corresponding element…wood, earth, fire, metal and water. When we study nature, we can see how each of the five elements are also reflected in us, as human beings.
Spring relates to the colour Green, the organs of Liver and Gallbladder, and the element of Wood. What does that mean? Well, when we think of ‘wood’ we think of a ‘tree’…roots running deep into the earth, branches reaching to the sky. The tree stands firm and yet is flexible enough to weather a storm. What happens when the tree does not remain flexible? It breaks! If the roots have not spread deep into the soil, it could be uprooted. How does that apply to us?
When our Liver and Gallbladder energies are balanced, we are flexible in mind, and body. We have no preference and remain calm in all situations. The first place we notice energy changing is in our emotions. Anger and Frustration can cause these organs stress, especially when this is long term. Environmentally, the winds that often come in Springtime can exacerbate this. How do you feel on those ‘Nor’wester’ days?! The tree allows wind to blow through it, without damage.
On a physical level, dis-ease and illness related to the eyes, mental health, depression, chronic fatigue, blood (including menstruation). The quality of blood essence determines the quality of our health; circulating and distributing nutrients to various parts of our body.
Jin Shin Jyutsu offers simple basic daily practice that can help the Liver and Gallbladder energies. Holding the middle finger is a good place to begin. Sit quietly, hold your finger, drop the shoulders and exhale. Holding the middle finger helps us adapt and is a quick general harmoniser for our source energy. A longer version of this is an exercise called the Main Central Flow. It is advisable to adopt a daily self help routine…The Main Central Flow is at the core of this. (more on this later)
To help further we can connect to nature, and the healing colour of Green. Enjoy green juices, eat plenty of green veggies i.e. Kale, parsley, broccoli, limes, avocadoes etc. We can also wear the colour green.