Let Loose This Spring and Grow
I recently turned to the Neijing Suwen (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine) to help myself prepare for another glorious spring.
The verses about Spring instruct us to:
“Go to rest late at night and rise early.
Move through the courtyard with long strides.
Dishevel the hair and relax the physical appearance,
Thereby cause the mind [to orient itself on] life.
Give life and do not kill.
Give and do not take.
Reward and do not punish.
This is the correspondence with the qi of spring and
It is the Way to nourish life.”
~translated by Paul Unschuld
Spring is the best time of year to get moving. After all those winter days, it’s a natural time of year to stretch and grow and move our bodies. The organs associated with springtime, the Liver and the Gallbladder, are in charge of the tendons and ligaments in our bodies.
This first verse tells us that spring is a time to let loose! Life is a little bit messy at times, and so too our hair and clothes can be not-so-perfect as we leap and bound (taking those long strides through the courtyard) into a new cycle of the year.
Plants and flowers are springing up and so too can change be rapid within us. If there’s something that you’ve been wanting but maybe have been holding back on going after, this is a great opportunity to implement change while setting your sights on what kind of life you want to nourish for yourself and for your world.
Be generous too, during this special time of year. The plants and flowers springing up so rapidly are never greedy. They display their beauty freely, for all to enjoy!
If you struggle with trying to get it all right (if you’re a recovering perfectionist--as I am), I hope that you can really take to heart this suggestion from springtime to let loose and let yourself grow. A flower doesn’t worry about getting it right. Those flowers just go for it and grow. That audacity is what allows them to flower.
I hope that the coming of spring fills your heart with hope. This is a beautiful time of year to relax and expand, to take steps towards the life you want to live.