How Traditional Chinese Medicine relates to Spring

Most of us love this season, but for many, the changeable weather patterns can feel like a tease. Nature begins to blossom and hint at new possibility, yet we still need our jackets when we go outside. My daughter gets so excited seeing the new blossoms, for her she associates this with Summer and swimming at the beach – but honoring our bodies thermic nature as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) promotes, its still a little cool for this!

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Spring Equinox

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The Spring Equinox is one of the four most powerful days of the year. It is the half way point between the solstices. This is a turning point to shake off the winter cobwebs and reawaken to the sun energy as we head towards Summer.

Equinox literally means “equal night” in Latin and we use it to mark the change of seasons. This transition from shorter to longer days and more direct sunlight is an opportunity to synchronize your energy with the prana (life force) that is being released as we head towards summer.

For centuries, Spring has been observed as a time of creating rituals, rebirthing, or detoxification. It is a time of clearing out and resetting your energy for the lighter months ahead. As spring arrives we awaken from our winter hibernation to plant the seeds of intentions for the months to come.  Spring equinox is a powerful time to cleanse ourselves and spring forward into action with our intentions and new habits.

In nature, Spring is a time of change, which makes it an easier time to clear out old habits to help us to prepare for our new intentions moving forward. It is a great time for goal setting, manifestation and taking a quantum leap forwards in consciousness.

Leverage the magic of the Equinox and celebrate this shift of season by letting go of something that no longer serves you and beginning something new that nourishes you.

Written by Erin O'Hara

Spring Cleansing

There is a clear-crisp feeling in the air that has the power to reveal new visions and inspires new possibilities.  In nature this is the best time to plant seeds, we can mirror nature’s way in our lives by sowing the seeds we wish to harvest in the upcoming months. So when the spring equinox passes on September 23rd, the shift in universal energy will infuse us with the inspiration to ‘spring’ into action setting us up for the season ahead - summer!  

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