Spring is coming! Can you feel it? Sleeplessness. Restlessness. A thousand ideas entering your mind all at once until you feel completely muddled. You might not feel quite ready to act on these notions, but creativity is awakening once again!
As energy begins to surge through the Earth, our Bodies’ energies begin to reflect this movement. The flowers of spring are not yet in bloom, but the soil is thinking about it. The reserves built up during the dormant winter months will be put to use soon. Our Bodies also start to anticipate the Actions that are brewing. We are in a transition time between sleeping and waking. All of the Inspiration we’ve received during our winter sleep is about to take form. Something’s about to happen!
Think about your daily morning routine. Do you wake up at the same time every day? Do you have a list of things you do automatically? Open your eyes, put your feet on the floor, brush your teeth, take a shower, get dressed… Perhaps your ‘routine’ is not as linear, but you make sure all of the pertinent items are complete each day. Maybe your morning includes eating breakfast, drinking coffee, exercising or saying a prayer of gratitude. Or, all of these.
As we begin to stir from our winter’s sleep, we are starting to become cognizant of our goals that are forming and we are reminded of the goals that we did not complete last year. Now is a time for review. Of the goals that we did not complete, which ones are still important? Of the new goals that are forming, which ones are attainable in the coming months? Are there goals that will need to be broken down into smaller goals in order to be accomplished over several cycles? Do you feel the need to begin writing down your desires and making plans? You could say you are creating your routine, as you are determining what actions are required every day to move you closer to completing your goals.
In Chinese Medicine, spring is represented by the Wood Element:
“The supernatural forces of spring create wind in Heaven and wood upon the Earth. Within the body they create the liver and the tendons…and give the voice the ability to make a shouting sound…they create the eyes, the sour flavor, and the emotion anger. “
~ The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, Wood Becomes Water: Chinese Medicine in Everyday Life (p. 20), Gail Reichstein
Spring - or the Wood phase, as described above - is the planning phase. Now is the time to write down ideas and to create plans of action. Now is also a time to be flexible. Think about the winds of spring blowing through the trees. Branches and limbs that are unbending will break against these winds. But, trees that are flexible will withstand these winds. As you are making plans, be sure to include options as there is not one single path that will bring you to your goal, especially if you encounter unexpected turns on the path you have mapped.
Any bumps in the road you have envisioned might be indicators from the Universe to tweak or change your course. But as our flexibility is tested, anger and frustration may surface within us. When we become frustrated but do not change our plan of action, we start hitting a brick wall. We may become rigid in our belief that the original plan is the right plan and that there is no other way to go about it. This mindset encourages anger to become stagnant within us – to build into excess and/or lodge itself within the body. The Liver and Gallbladder are governed by Wood and can be affected by imbalances resulting from too much or not enough energy.
When Wood is out of balance, we may feel irritable and rigid, indecisive, we may not feel moved to act or we might act in an aggressive way. An excess may manifest as headaches and can also lead to hyper immune responses, better known as allergies. As spring blooms, notice your physical reactions. What is stuck? What needs to be moved out of the Body? Interestingly, the sound associated with Wood is shouting. Ever want to shout your frustrations? It’s not a bad idea. Shouting actually moves the excess build-up of frustration and anger out of the body quickly!
However, anger can be used in a healthy way, as it can be a driving force into action or a change of action. If we recognize when we are feeling frustrated - and the need to remain adaptable - we can take a step back to review our plans and see where a tweak (or two) is needed. When we remain flexible, our frustration can allow for rapid expansion within us. When used in this way, we are able move forward with our plans more quickly and feel our successes in a way that draws us closer to who we are. We start trusting our own inner compass and relying less on those outside of ourselves. And we start to flow with the changes to life – and the adaptations to our plans – more easily.
As spring approaches, I wish you open pathways and ease in accomplishing your Goals! And, I hope your wake-up calls are gentle as you transition into wakeful, inspired Action!