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Spring 2022 – Season of the Wood Element

Spring brings us out of hibernation, and gives us the opportunity to reflect on how we can use our energies wisely. We can look at this as a chance to cleanse, release, and recharge. In doing so, we can tap into the energy of the seasons to help us move forward, grow, and heal.

In the theory of The Five Elements, Spring is associated with the Wood Element and its Yin Organ is the Liver. The Liver represents our emotions, the expansion of our life force, and Wood our connection to the earth. Spring is a great time to work on strengthening these aspects of ourselves.

The Liver governs emotion, especially anger. If we don’t allow ourselves to experience anger and sadness, we stop growing emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, and energetically. We may become stagnant.

When Liver Qi isn’t flowing properly, people often experience symptoms like fatigue, lack of appetite, nausea, bloating, irritability, depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, poor memory, constipation, indigestion, and even rashes.

If you’re feeling blocked, try releasing some of the stored anger by taking deep breaths and letting go of negative thoughts. You may find that your energy levels start rising again. You can also support your Liver through your diet by eating more leafy greens. These include spinach, chard, collards, beetroot, turnip greens, celery leaves, mustard greens, arugula, bok choi, and watercress. 

Regular exercise help Liver Qi to move and results in improved cardiovascular fitness, boosted immunity, reduced stress, and increased overall energy. Walking and swimming are excellent forms of exercise because they require no equipment and don’t involve exertion. If you prefer something more vigorous, try yoga or tai chi. These activities encourage flexibility and improve breathing, while simultaneously strengthening muscles and improving concentration.
Wishing you growth and inspiration this Spring
Australian Shiatsu College