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How To Blossom Into Spring


Last updated on February 28th, 2021.

We are part of Nature.  There’s no distinction or separation between us and “outside” and the rhythms of the seasons.

Spring is a beautiful transitional period between the deep rest of winter and the fully expressed, expansiveness of summer.  It’s a time for sorting things out so we may take action on all that we imagined for ourselves during the introspection of winter.

Ideally, we spent time in winter rebuilding, recuperating, resting, and reflecting – “re-“ everything!  Think of the moon phases.  If winter is our “dark, new moon,” time, then think of spring as the “waxing phase” before the “full moon” of summer and the “waning” of fall.  As the wheel of the year turns, so must we flow and cycle with it for harmonious, whole living.

Now, we’re ready to begin to shake off the heavy, dull qualities of winter and gear up to fully express and expand!  Just as the plants are swelling with life and new growth and the land is offering an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, so to must we honor the pull to reengage with life in new, evolved ways.

Food: Certain things are in season right now for a reason, like the wild thistle on my land pictured above.  In the winter, we naturally gravitate towards a higher fat, heavier diet.  Now, it’s time to give our systems a little rest from all the hard work of digesting that much-needed fare. 

Things like bitter greens – dandelions, thistles, nettles, mustard greens, radicchio, burdock, etc. – are the perfect friend to our hepatobiliary system (liver and gallbladder).  This system, in particular bile released from the gallbladder, is responsible for digesting all of the fattier foods we ate during winter.  These bitter greens stimulate the release of bile from the gallbladder in the same way fats do, only this time there’s no fat to digest so the system gets to be flushed without working as hard.  So beautifully perfect, huh?  I mean, none of us could have designed this any better!  When we turn to seasonal desires, we simply can’t go wrong.  In addition, you may also notice a decrease in appetite and a desire to eat lighter foods and extra veggies.  Go with it and honor your body’s desires as it syncs and speaks to you.

Enjoy fresh culinary herbs (maybe even grow your own!) to support this cleansing and lightening process.  Cilantro, parsley, pepper, ginger, and cinnamon are fantastic. Read more about nourishing yourself and Holistic Nutrition.

Practices: With the days becoming longer and warmer, there’s certainly a frisky energy in the air!  You may notice a desire to play more, be outside more, and engage in social activities more frequently.  Additionally, in the way that your hepatobiliary system is flushing with the abundance of bitter greens, ask yourself what else can be flushed from your life.  Perhaps it’s something in your physical environment like needing to clean out your garage or closet.  Maybe there’s a toxic relationship that isn’t nourishing you anymore.  What needs to be released so that you can freely and fully bloom in the coming months?

Some ideas to support this multilevel purge can be found here.

Movement: Contrary to what the media and popular culture would have us believe, those resolutions made back on Jan. 1 to immediately begin to “go hard at the gym” in the middle of winter are contradictory to our Nature.  While enjoyable movement is a necessary and non-negotiable daily ritual, the style and intensity of said movement must also wax and wane with the seasons.  Winter is for more restorative movement and sessions of shorter burst of energy, whereas spring can bring on the longer and maybe slightly more intense sessions of movement.  *All daily movement must be enjoyable, delightful, fun, and in alignment with your unique needs!*

Mother Nature’s Support: Turning to subtle healing remedies during this time will support you in receiving the unique codes and wisdom available during spring and the Beltane time of late spring before summer solstice. The unique frequencies of spring are The Student and The Lover. Some of the challenges and shadows of this time may show up as resistance towards being a beginner and fear of vulnerability, shame around your sensuality and life force energy, and more. Working with flower essences can greatly support you in the alchemical shifts available to you NOW to transmute these old woundings on deeper levels. Pine Essence, Mulberry Essence and Spring and Beltane Essence are here for you during this time of year and other times when you are working with these cosmic archetypal frequencies.

Enjoy the season and allow yourself to become very curious about your natural responses to the change.  Spend time outdoors as much as possible and allow your cells to remember the natural rhythm that pulses through you. 

Happy Spring!

Check out these specially curated resources to support you in aligning with the invitations of the season for personal growth and healing:

December 21, 2021 – February 2, 2022 (The Void Archetype): The Void is a place of formlessness that is in-between worlds. It’s a cocoon, a chrysalis for becoming and potentiality. It is the womb of The Mother. It’s a place of total rest for repairing, healing, restoration, and rejuvenation, before our re-animation. Is it time for you to rest deeply, Dear One? Are you feeling burnt out and unclear? Partner with The Void and re-establish your sacred spiral flow.

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