Health & Harmony
Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles
Spring is the time of creation and birthing. This is a beautiful metaphor. Nature sprouting new shoots from the hard surface. It is a wonder how that fragile stem pushes through that hard earth and emerges unbroken and bearing all the possibilities of a fruitful life. The blossom awes us with its delicate splendor. This is the job of nature.
Nature humbles us with its apparent ease of birthing a blossom. The way in which trees and plants transition from the harsh cold winter into a warm spring slowly bringing forth their buds is a lesson for us to observe.
Spring is the greening season for us as well. We can begin our planting. We can prepare the soil for new growth in our lives and in our environment. According to Chinese tradition the element associated with spring is the wood element and this is characterized by wind. The nature of the wind is to facilitate the change from winter to spring by clearing out the old and bringing in the new. Hence the term, spring cleaning.
Our bodies naturally fall into the rhythm of spring cleaning by the action of the liver, the body's major cleansing organ and detoxifier. We can support the liver during this time by eating sour/bitter foods such as dandelion in salads or soups. Dandelion in tincture is also an aid to digestion and can be taken in water.
I like to use a cleanser one day a week in conjunction with a fast day. By fasting I mean a day where you eat lightly and avoid heavy foods such as red meat and dairy. Typically, fresh fruit and vegetables, soup and a protein such as tofu, eggs or chicken in small quantities. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to promote elimination of toxins through the kidneys and skin. Adding lemon to your water is very cleansing as it is high in Vitamin C, potassium and other minerals that complement the action of the liver. Here is a recipe I use: Stanly Burroughs' Master Cleanser
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
1-2 tablespoons 100% maple syrup
1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 ounces spring water.
Drink liberally (from 6-8 glasses/ day) throughout the day.
You can do this for 1-2 weeks. Additionally, 1-2 tablespoons a day of cold pressed olive oil is a liver tonic and intestinal lubricant.
Chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic massage during this time also help the body to clear out old patterns and to transition smoothly into a new environment.
Take the opportunity to walk to the beach and contemplate the upcoming season. Ask yourself what you need to get rid of on the emotional/spiritual plane? What beliefs or feelings are limiting you from "springing forward'? Where is the joyful anticipation of a new season approaching? How can I blossom so that my inner beauty comes forth and is appreciated by all who see me?
Folks, you know I always give homework! And you can correct your own test. As long as you master the material, that is all that matters. And, we have nothing but time on our hands. Eternity, actually. So, take all the time you need and nurture yourself. Plant the garden of your dreams. Plan a garden party and invite friends to participate. Make a bloomin' life for yourself!
May The Blessings Be!