When Spring Plays Hard to Get

Spring is Here!

As Henry Van Dyke aptly puts it:
“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month."

Even though it is the most anticipated season, spring hardly arrives on an easy-going and predictable course.  Like a lover who plays hard-to-get, early spring is often met with sudden temperature dips, windy tantrums, temperamental rains, and the 136 types of weather patterns as proclaimed by Mark Twain.  Despite its fickle nature, spring continues to romance us with generous promises of sunshine and glorious fresh bouquets.

In Chinese medicine, Spring is associated with the Wood element which signifies growth. Spring is also the season of the liver and gallbladder, and corresponds to our eyes, or vision.  Every element has an emotion, for Wood, it is anger.  What does this all mean?

Instead of taking this literally, think about Spring or the Wood element as energy.  The energy of Spring is about moving up and out - as opposed to the inward, dormant energy of Winter. 

This outward movement of Spring or “Yang” energy encourages budding greens, increases vitality, brightens eyes, and incites new inspiration.  It also propels expressions of dormant toxins from the past seasons, such as blemishes, unsightly skin issues, digestive problems, and even irritable moods. Spring's rhythm tends to feel abrupt and unpredictable, causing visions or plans to change.  When our beautiful visions are impeded, we may feel anger and annoyance with the disruption and wasted time. 

How do we deal with this yo-yo Wood energy? 

It’s all about keeping our Wood element in balance.  Think about what a healthy plant does, it adapts, changes path, and restarts.  When our Wood element is healthy, we wouldn’t stay stagnant, we choose other ways to grow. 

Whether it's adopting a different perspective, embarking on a detox plan, or taking a power nap, there are many ways to keep our Wood energy in a healthy flow. So take a cue from nature and be inspired by the power of spring, take little steps, push ahead, and GROW.