We are edging closer to the spring season and slowly coming out of hibernation right now. I am originally from the Northwest where we only had two seasons-Cold/Rainy/Gray and Never Long Enough Summer. I could not be more appreciative that spring actually means spring here. I love that the East Coast has 4 distinct seasons in the year.
These feel like little capsules of time-each one invites a different wardrobe, a different set of activities, different foods, and even different people to hang out with. Winter has a much more internal, introspective, quieter quality. We spend more time inside, we wear more layers and we are hunkered down waiting for the signal that says we can shed our skin.
Spring is that signal.
To get an idea of where we are energetically, you can visualize yourself as a little seed that has sprouted and is still crouched under the fertile cover of soil. You can’t even see the sun yet but you are growing and reaching and stretching. You’re about to rise up and come on out to greet the day.
Spring energy moves up and out. Since we are poised on the precipice and we haven’t fully shifted into our next season, things might just be coming up. Things like frustration, irritation, impatience, and even indecision.
Spring is connected to the Liver and Gallbladder meridians and to the emotion of anger. Anger in its healthiest form, stripped of all stigmas simply says, “I don’t like this. Something needs to be different about this situation.” Anger is meant to be a catalyst for change.
It can feel all consuming, aggressive or powerful because we usually need a lot of energy to create profound change in our lives. The energy required for that little sprouted seed to push all the way through the dirt to find warmth and sustenance is the same energy we use to look for a new job or go out on a first date or start a new business.
The Liver likes smooth, easy movement and gets annoyed when there are obstacles in its path. When things are blocked, we call this ‘stagnation’ and frustration is the result. You can feel this stagnation or these obstacles when trying to walk down a crowded sidewalk during rush hour or when your partner just can’t understand why you need things to be a certain way.
“Where there is movement, there is no pain.” ~ Ancient Chinese proverb
What is blocking your “movement” in your life right now? What are your pain points? Where are you seeing obstacles in your life? Are they self created or do others create them for you? Do you have the assertive energy to be able to break down or consistently chip away at what stands in your way?
Do you know what is on the other side of your obstacles? What is the dream or the ideal that stands behind what might be in your way? Where do you want to go?
The Gallbladder acupuncture channel is in charge of planning the attack. This is time of year where you think about formulating your vision. The Gallbladder is the general in Chinese medicine. He is chewing on a cigar, pouring over maps and resources and doing the research on the best approach. The Liver executes and moves this vision forward.
When your Liver energy is blocked and you feel like you can’t move ahead, it can result in depression or anger. It is important to remember that you always have a choice. There is always an option to change course and redirect where you want to go.
You have a choice in your life plan. You have the option to choose who surrounds you and what kind of energy you have in your life. You have the choice to make conscious decisions about what you feed yourself, what you listen to, what you subject yourself to visually.
You have a choice to plant seeds during this highly fertile time. Take a moment to think about what you would like your life to look like. Are the seeds you are currently planting supportive of that life vision? If you keep doing exactly what you are doing right now, will it result in what you see for yourself?
Take advantage of springtime energy by thinking carefully about what you would like to create in your life. If you are feeling stuck or like your Liver could use some movement, come see me! Let’s move!