Spring

The Su Wen  (an ancient Chinese text on Chinese medicine) states in chapter 2:

“The three months of Spring
are called spring forth and display.
Heaven and Earth together produce life,
and the 10,000 things are invigorated.

At night one goes to bed, at dawn one gets up.
One paces the courtyard with great strides,
hair loose, body relaxed, exerting the will for life,
to give life and not to kill, to give and not to take,
to reward and not to punish.

This is the way that is proper to Spring,
which thus corresponds
to the maintaining of the production of life.

To go against this current would injure the Liver,
causing illnesses in the Summer due to cold,
through an insufficient contribution to growth.”

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This is the season where the weather is often unpredictable in the early stages and wind is prevalent.  It is the time of germination and planting, when the sap stirs and begins to rise and nature comes back to life from its winter sleep.  Efforts spent in spring to prepare the soil and plant with care and awareness will insure reaping a bountiful crop in the late summer as well as avoiding undue work in the summer.  This is true both literally and as a metaphor for all aspects of our lives.  In Chinese medicine, spring and the wood element relate to the Liver and Gall Bladder and are largely responsible for the regulation of the body.  Anger and strong emotions are associated with the wood element, thus it is especially important to remain calm and relaxed.  Liver and Gall Bladder problems commonly flair up during this time of year.  Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are very effective in promoting good health and treating these issues when they arise.