What a relief to get through the ‘dark season’ and return to the light! As we step into spring, the wood element in ancient Chinese medicine, we see animals begin to nest and mate and the flora expresses itself with fresh colors and beautiful smells. So what can we do to be in harmony and participate in this glorious time of year?
The wood element is associated with the liver and gallbladder to detoxify the blood, store the bile and help with the smooth movement of our chi (energy). When balanced, we are organized, energetic and flexible. Like deeply rooted trees in a great wind, we bend and move gracefully with the storms. Out of balance, we might feel frustrated, impatient, bossy or controlling.
How do we balance the wood element and enliven our energy?
- Receive professional Asian body work like shiatsu or acupuncture.
- Sit on floor with legs stretched apart. Turn at waist, face foot and lift spine. Breathe in, watch arm lift overhead for a nice side stretch. Repeat 3 times on both sides.
- Place hands over the liver (underneath the right rib cage), breathe in, then exhale repeating “shhhhu” three times.
- Eat fresh, seasonal and regional foods or try a gentle body cleanse.
- For a delicious cleansing salad, mix 4 dandelion leaves, mixed greens, sunflower and pea sprouts, pumpkin seeds, 1 avocado, 10 plum tomatoes, 1 celery stick, ¼ cucumber, one small piece of dried dulce and red nori. For dressing, combine ½ lemon, 2 Tbsp. tahini sauce (from sesame), 1 clove of garlic, 1 Tbsp. sesame oil and 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar. Add water and serve over salad.
Wholistic healer, Shelley Hines, has been empowering others in matters of Whole Health for over 18 years. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, this lady has accumulated wisdom from ancient healing modalities such as Shiatsu, Meditation, brain re-patterning through Psych-K, Qi Gong, Tong Ren Healing, Ear Coning and more. Ms. Hines shares her insight and enthusiasm on living life vibrantly. Email Shelley at Wellness Shines at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website, www.wellnesshines.com.