May 14, 2015

The Qi of Spring

Spring is definitely here in Seattle. It’s that time of year when the weather can be unpredictable…one moment sunny the next moment hailing! The energy in our body during the Spring acts this way too. One moment we feel great and energetic and the next moment lethargic and moody!

The organs associated with Spring energy are the Liver and Gallbladder. The Liver and Gallbladder are paired organs representing the element of Wood. They work together well when in balance. This Wood energy of spring is an expression of life at its strongest. The liver creates the blueprint and the gallbladder executes it. This pair helps us to generate creativity which engenders growth and flexibility with whatever is thrown our way. This is reflected in nature, as well, as the plants burst forth from the soil with an uprising of energy and new growth.

The liver is in charge of the free flow of “qi” or energy in our body. This free flow of qi helps promote unconstrained growth at a rate that is healthy for the individual. If growth is driven by habituated desires this results in frustration and causes the qi to stagnate. If the qi becomes deficient, it then fails to empower striving and forward movement, and resignation will manifest as growth comes to a standstill. Therefore, the smooth flow of qi is all about finding creative ways around the obstacles that confront us. The energy of the liver is at its best when it is like bamboo; strong enough to withstand strong winds, because of its flexibility to bend.

While the energy of spring supports and challenges us to grow and change, we may feel discomfort from these processes. We can temper our uneasiness with the warmth of friendship, as well as with the recognition that we all experience growing pains in the process of realizing our potential.

Suggestions for living in harmony with the spring season

  • Begin your day early, with a brisk walk. Feel the sunshine pull you up and out. Feel the life within you thrust up out of darkness into new possibilities. Make a garden. Eat greens. Do a cleanse.
  • Begin new things - at home, in your work, and in yourself. In this season when nature reinvents itself, we too can see people and situations with new eyes. Let new tissue grow over old hurts, and take fresh hope. Be creative. Make things, do things. Begin!
  • Consider how you wish to make ready for your summer harvest. Spring does not last forever. Use its bountiful energy wisely, so that the crops you sow - again, in yourself, in your work, and in your life - are those you wish to harvest.