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Spring is coming!


In less than a couple of weeks we will be celebrating Spring Equinox on March 20th to ring in the change of seasons. And even though there is still a bit of nip in the air and with all the rains the flowers are already blooming, the hummingbirds are already feasting and our herb garden is already overflowing.

What does this new season mean for us in a holistic sense?

First of all, if you don’t already know, holistic or wholistic pertains to the whole. As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I approach a client’s/patient’s health and well-being holistically, by facilitating his or her healing needs mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. For instance, if a client comes in with certain symptoms, I will address not just the physical, but how the person thinks (mind), their physical symptoms (body), how their energy feels (spirit), and how they are feeling (emotions) and get to the core of their issues.

With that being said, how does the season of Spring affect each of us in a holistic sense, and how can we approach this season in the most harmonious way?

Mind

When we think of spring we think of “April showers bring May flowers”. We think of the shedding of our winter layers, we start to come alive and spring into action. Many people think that the time for planning is when we ring in the New Year. According to the Five Elements Theory, the wood element or springtime is the time for planning and the birth of new creative ideas. So give yourself some slack if you didn’t come up with a plan right after you rang in the New Year.

Another thing you may want to consider, the purging of some of those negative thoughts that you may have been brewing over the winter. Challenge yourself to think differently. As soon as you recognize a negative thought, visualize a stop sign or mentally hear the word stop, and then slowly replace those thoughts with positive ones. Sometimes you may need aids such as journaling, or writing positive affirmations and leaving them all over the house until it gets programmed into your thought process. It takes us approximately 28 days to create a habit. Try it and see what happens. If you think you may need some assistance, some other good ways to break thought patterns are through breathing visualization techniques guided by your local and skilled Holistic Health Practitioner, Hypnotherapy or Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Body

The Spring-time and wood element is associated with the liver and gallbladder. It’s a great time to do a liver cleanse or detox. You can try to do it on your own; however it’s best to do this under the care of a knowledgeable health practitioner. If you do not want to take formulas and be on a restrictive diet, then you can naturally cleanse by eliminating all of those favorite things that may tax your liver more than it needs to. It is been known that in order to cleanse naturally and gently, you need to eliminate all toxins such as:

Caffeine

Alcohol

Recreational Drugs